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"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, Cloudcuckoolander, 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). No real life examples, please. We'll have to spend a lot of money just to make another subpage for real life.
— Elwood P. Dowd, Harvey
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