Robo: Overall, I gotta say, you're taking this rather well.
Take a person. Something fantastic happens to or around them. He or she acknowledges that something as supernatural or as something that should be impossible, but, when people expect them to freak out, they don't. It turns out that the person in question utterly fails to react with the sense of wonder that something fantastic, unnatural or supposedly impossible would entail. This usually happens for one of two reasons:
- The person is just that calm or collected; or
- The person has seen enough of this sort of thing, maybe from the same source, that - though they recognize it IS fantastic - they got used to it enough to view it as "normal" - for them, at least. This isn't quite Seen It All because the person in question tends to be a Muggle Best Friend or some sort of normal that knows what's going on - and knows it enough not to mind anyways.
In the first case, the person is more likely to berate others for their overreaction, though not always. In the second case, the person already reacted strongly to this kind of thing a few times, if only offscreen, so they won't really mind when others do. Mind that the person does know the event is impressive or surprising - they're just too calm or too used to it to really mind. Superheroes that work in teams depend on this trope not to stare wide-eyed in the middle of a battle whenever a teammate does something.
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- In Atomic Robo, both Carl Sagan and Charles Fort react rather calmly to the reality-warping machinations of an extradimensional Eldritch Abomination — although Sagan does take a moment (and some booze) to reach this point.
- As noted, superheroes have a tendency to do this, as well as those around them.
- Stories in the Pony Earth Verse vary in regard to this. Usually, "later" stories have the people transformed into ponies reacting very dryly to their situation, in comparison to "earlier" stories focusing on shocked initial reactions.
- Masayuki in A Profile tends to react this way about almost everything. "Ah, Dissociative Identity Disorder? Neat. Can I meet your other personality some time?"
- The protagonist's classmates in Dra Koi react to a dragon entering their school and firing mouth beams by trying to ignore her and continue with class while casualties begin to pile up.
- El Goonish Shive: Here.
- From Questionable Content, Faye once mentions that it feels strange being so jaded that Pintsize's antics no longer surprise her.
- In Axe Cop, this is the reaction of just about every character to a bizarre situation. For example, when Axe Cop's partner, Flute Cop, is turned into Dinosaur Soldier by dinosaur blood, and subsequently into Avocado Soldier after eating an avocado, there's not even a hint of Body Horror. Instead, he just accepts his new identity calmly and without comment.
- In Jet Dream, the T-Birds of the Thunderbird Squadron barely lose a step after involuntarily becoming T-Girls. Turning into a woman has its complications and differences, but they're seldom treated as all that big a deal.
- The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!— While everyone around him is properly freaking out, Bob's standard reaction to almost anything is a brief moment of Dull Surprise, and then he takes it in stride.
- In UC, when Naim opens his locker into what appears to be a lava filled room, he just keeps opening and closing it until it opens back up to his school books.
- From Young Justice: Oh look, Billy's home. Muggle Foster Parent doesn't even look up from his book.
- In The Spectacular Spider Man both Mrs. Osborn and the family butler walk in to see Norman and Harry (who had just been missing for a week) talking to Spider-Man and the most surprise we get is a raised eyebrow from the former.
Houseman: (nodding in greeting)
Master Osborn, Master Harry. (beat
- Most Phineas and Ferb characters treat the boys' inventions as creative and interesting, but never seem too surprised by them. Even Candace eventually grows used to them.
Outer-space alien super-crooks from a planet of frogs and reptiles have taken over our bodies
Candace: Okay. What do you want me to do?
Alien Lizard!Phineas: Really? You believe that weird story just like that?
Candace: Yeah. It's been a long summer, kid. What do you need?