Playing With: Captain Obvious

Basic Trope: Stating the obvious.
  • Straight: Bob always states the obvious.
  • Exaggerated: Everything Bob says is so freakin' obvious that everyone should know it.
  • Downplayed: While exploring a mysterious place, Bob comments on something that may be obvious to us, but is more than it meets the eye.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is such a ditz that he can only state, well, the obvious.
    • Alternately, Bob is a robot and was not programmed with an understanding of "obviousness", so he states the obvious without realizing it.
    • Bob points out the obvious to emphasise something.
    • Bob has been cursed to make only statements that are obvious to everyone.
    • Bob is in shock.
    • Bob's friend Charlie is being Captain Oblivious, forcing Bob to state the obvious.
    • Bob states the obvious as part of his thinking process because things make better sense to him when spoken aloud.
    • Bob is deliberately being Captain Obvious as a form of snark, or so he can act as Snark Bait.
    • Bob's lawyer advised him to state the obvious about his product to avoid a Frivolous Lawsuit.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Bob is watching the Super Bowl on TV with Heterosexual Life Partner Charlie. Bob says "I am not watching the Super Bowl." Charlie is amused.
  • Double Subverted: Bob says "I am not watching the Super Bowl; I am watching a TV displaying the Super Bowl."
  • Parodied: Bob is literally a superhero called Captain Obvious whose only superpower is to point out the glaringly obvious.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob states the obvious to The Ditz Alice, who actually needs it to be stated to her, but when he's with more intelligent people he doesn't.
  • Averted: Nothing obvious is stated.
  • Enforced: Viewers Are Morons
  • Lampshaded: "Thanks Bob! I really learned something!"
  • Invoked: Bob is actually very perceptive, but uses the obvious statements as part of his Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • Exploited: Bob uses obvious statements to hide not very obvious ones, when the latter should not be known to everyone else.
  • Defied: Bob begins with "You know..." but Alice cuts him off and asks if he's actually pointing out something the others can't see. He apologizes and shuts up.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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