Comically Missing the Point
aka: Completely Missing The Point
"I started to walk down the street when I heard a voice saying: 'Good evening, Mr. Dowd.' I turned, and there was this big white rabbit leaning against a lamp-post. Well, I thought nothing of that, because when you've lived in a town as long as I've lived in this one, you get used to the fact that everybody knows your name."
A character completely misses a really obvious point for comic effect
. The point is the sort of thing that any reasonable or informed person will spot and understand given a few seconds or enough information. However, the center of this trope is a person who, despite having all the time in the world and all the information, comes to a conclusion so wrong
it's hard to be even further from correct. Commonly elicits a response along the lines of "that's not what's wrong here". Visual gags
are often involved.
A Sister Trope
to Dramatically Missing the Point
For the fandom equivalent, see Misaimed Fandom
Compare Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?
, Bait-and-Switch Comment
, Failed a Spot Check
, Not Actually The Ultimate Question
, I Take Offense to That Last One
, The Ditz
, Mistaken for Profound
, Need a Hand, or a Handjob?
, and Insane Troll Logic
(logic that consists of comically missing the point).
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- Warhammer Fantasy has a Chaos God of, among other things, Atheism. He has followers. When dealing with Chaos Cultists, do not expect an overabundance of anything resembling sanity or logic. A god of Atheism is made weaker through worship.
- There is a reason he tries to keep any and all material regarding him hidden from mortal eyes as much as possible.