Quotes / Captain Obvious

    The Way of the Metagamer 
"I am Captain Obvious. I am standing on the ground and wearing a cape which is red and says CO on it in big letters."

"AH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! Mine is an evil laugh! I am standing on the ground wearing a cape which is a red cape and a hat which is also red. You cannot see any of this because I am masked as a silhouette for dramatic tension!"
[Two panels later]
"I am now fully visible, except for a really cool-looking shadow! I have a cape. It is red and says CO on it. I have a hat, which is also red. I am going to destroy you all now."

Captain Obvious: I have an evil goatee and a cape which is red and says CO on it. The goatee is yellow. I also have hair sticking up on either side which is also evil and yellow. I will destroy you all now.
[Next panel]
Captain Obvious: Magic Spell Which I Am Currently Casting That Includes Both Verbal And Somatic Components But Not Material Components!
[One round later...]
Fred: What exactly does that spell actually DO?
Captain Obvious: Magic Spell Which I Am Currently Casting That Includes Both Verbal And Somatic Components But Not Material Components is a magic spell. It is magic. It includes both verbal and somatic components. Magic is magical. Magical things are magic. There are lots of useful magic spells.
Jane: Hold Person is the magic spell which I am casting, which is Hold Person! Hold Person is a magic spell. Magic spells are magic. I had to prepare Hold Person this morning in order to now cast it! Take that!

"Your feeble spell cannot hold Captain Obvious, who has a cape which is red that says CO on it and a goatee which is evil and yellow! Also, the goatee is evil! And the cape is red! Goatee is yellow!"
"Even the power of metamagic is not enough to stop Captain Obvious. You are doomed. I have a cape which is red and says CO on it. I also have a goatee which is evil and yellow. And a cape which is red and says CO on it. And a goatee which is evil and yellow. The evil goatee is yellow."

"That's IT! I have angry, inward-angled eyebrows! And a goatee which is yellow and evil! And evil! And yellow! And a cape which is red and says CO on it!"
[Next panel]
"Magic Spell Which Also Requires A Ranged Touch Attack As Evidenced By The Fact That I Am Pointing At My Target While Casting The Magic Spell Which Is Magical And By The Way This Spell Also Has Verbal And Somatic Components!"

Jane: Captain Obvious apparently can't cast any spells that aren't entirely obvious. We should be able to escape pretty easily. I saw a window...
Captain Obvious: As you can tell from the lantern hovering above my head which has a goatee which is evil and yellow, I have figured out how to defeat you! I have a cape which is red and says CO on it!
Captain Obvious: I am holding a wooden sign! It is made of wood. There is writing on the sign.
Captain Obvious: Destruction is the magic spell I am casting, which is a magic spell and is magical!
[The sign says the exact same thing.]
Jane: Counterspell.
Captain Obvious [holds up a different sign]: Disintegrate is the magic spell I am casting, which is a magic spell and is magical!
Jane: Counterspell.
Captain Obvious [holds up a third sign]: Enervation is magic spell I am casting, which is a magic spell and is magical!
Jane: Counterspell.
Captain Obvious [holds up yet another sign]: Meteor Swarm is the magic spell I am casting, which is a magic spell and is magical!
Jane: Counterspell.
Captain Obvious: How can you tell so consistently which spell I'm casting? Surely you'll roll a natural 1 on Spellcraft eventually!
Jane: Holding up the spell's name on a big sign provides a +20 bonus, believe it or not.

Captain Obvious [while lunging at his opponent]: I initiate a grapple attempt!
Captain Obvious: I have succeeded on a melee touch attack, and am now grappling. I have a cape which is red and says CO on it.
Captain Obvious: I am damaging my opponet as with an unarmed strike as detailed in the grapple rules!
Jane: Since when does D&D have grapple rules?
Captain Obvious: D&D's always had grapple rules. They're in the core rulebooks.
Jane: Huh.
Jane: My DM always said the grapple rules came in an extra sourcebook. And refused to purchase it. They've been core all this time?
Captain Obvious [while hiding sign behind his back]: Yep. He may have been justified in not using them, though.
Captain Obvious [brandishes sign]: Enervation is the magic spell I am casting, which is a magic spell and is magical! You can't counterspell since you're still in the prone position! I have a cape which is red and says CO on it!

"Cringe as you receive 1d4 negative levels! HA HA HA HA HA! Mine is an evil laugh! I have a cape which is red and says CO on it, and also somehow enough time to gloat in the middle of casting an Instantaneous spell!"

Captain Obvious: I am about to cast Captain Obvious's Magical Spell Which Is An Epic-Level Spell And Is Epic. It is an epic-level spell. To cast or create epic-level spells, one must take the Epic Spellcasting feat. I have a cape which is red and says CO on it. Now I will cast Captain Obvious's Magical Spell Which Is An Epic-Level Spell And Is Epic.
Bob: Why are you telling us all this?
Captain Obvious: Because it's obvious, naturally. Captain Obvious's Magical Spell Which Is An Epic-Level Spell And Is Epic!

"Use your weapons! They are designed to inflict damage!"

"Well Mr. Mencken, what do you make of this city hall explosion?"
"Well...it exploded, that's for certain."
Daily Planet Columnist and Expert on City Hall Explosions Max Mencken, It's a Bird, it's a Plane, it's Superman!

See that Superdog, flying through the air?
He's got super powers.
— Actual lyrics from the intro theme of Krypto the Superdog

"And so he brought forth a carrot. And said; 'Behold this! For it is a carrot.' And all about him knew that it was so. For it was orange. With a green top."
Rowan Atkinson, "Amazing Jesus" sketch

"And he speaks; 'I don't think those jewels belong to you.' (Beat) I salute you, World's Greatest Detective!"
Catwoman, describing an early encounter with Batman: Cat Tales

Ginger: You mean you never actually flew the plane?
Fowler: Good heavens, no! I'm a chicken! The Royal Air Force doesn't let chickens behind the controls of complex aircraft!

Apparently there is a game of "spot the moment where Jon Pertwee decides to quit the series" to be played with this story. My nominee is when he has to pretend that solving a maze is an interesting and dramatic event, in particular when he expresses that he thinks they've got it when there is no ambiguity whatsoever that they have a straight shot to the exit.

Joseph was rushed to the hospital where doctors discovered the 19 bullet-holes in his body. The attending physician later testified that Joseph was "probably in severe pain." Dr. Obvious likely went on to say that the red stuff pouring out of Joseph's body was "probably blood."

The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad.
— attributed to Salvador Dalí

"Life is very important to Americans."
Bob Dole

"Sharks can only be found in two places on Earth: the Northern and Southern Hemispheres."
Peter Gaulke, Strange Wilderness

"You ever go into the bathroom and everything is WET? The floor is wet! The counters are wet! EVERYTHING'S WET!"

"Uh... could it be because people piss on the floor and wash their hands aggressively?"
Andy Kindler

"You are huge! That means you have huge guts!"
Doom Marine, 'Doom Comics

"Now I'm radioactive! That can't be good!"
Doom Marine, Doom Comics

"Now I'm in a completely different place!"
Doom Marine, you guessed it, Doom Comics

Animal Man: You must be Robot-Man.
Robot-Man: And you must be the guy who states the obvious.

Grey Warden: Thanks for stating the completely obvious, by the way.
Alistair: No problem. It's nice to have a purpose.

Magma is not a water source. Dwarves can't drink it or supply it to their wounded.

Hey, he just stopped at that house over there! Hey, I just stated the obvious! Oh look, a chair!
Tom, Eddsworld

Father Ted: We need something that will keep them away from the house something to distract them... but what?
Father Dougal: A diversion! That's what it's called, a diversion!

"She managed to obtain a concealed weapons permit yesterday."
Oh shit. I gaze at him, blinking, and feel the blood draining from my face as I absorb this news. I may faint. Suppose she wants to kill him? No.
"That means she can just buy a gun," I whisper.

Leela: Ow, fire hot!
Professor Farnsworth: Professy will help! Oh, fire indeed hot!

Fry: Well, this is the end. There was so many things I wanted to say to you.
Leela: Like what?
Fry: Like this is not the end.
Futurama, Into the Wild Green Yonder

Leela: ...The tracks lead here!
Fry: Thanks, Eagle Eye.
Futurama, The Honking

''This is a [candle]note ."
—Park Joon-hyeong, in Gag Concert

"It seems you have to defeat this one to win!"

"What are you, president of the Obvious Club or something?"

Dr. Tatopoulos: (in front of a lot of fish) That's a lot of fish.
— The 1998 American Godzilla movie

Ron Weasley: You can't break an Unbreakable Vow.
Harry Potter: I'd worked that much out for myself, funnily enough. What happens if you break it, then?
Ron: You die.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Chie: Hey, there's a noose here!
Narrator/Protagonist: Spooky. Your thoughts, Yosuke?
Yosuke: Nooses are bad.
Narrator/Protagonist: Super!

Dojima: Two bodies hanging from a telephone pole... and we don't even know if this is a homicide case yet. (...) We've got no clues about the perp. We don't even have a sus because the sec with a mo's got a perf al.
Adachi: Um, so what do we know about the case so far?
Dojima: The perp is probably in Inaba.

One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand about humans was their habit of continually stating and repeating the very very obvious, as in It's a nice day, or You're very tall, or Oh dear, you seem to have fallen down a thirty-foot well, are you all right? At first Ford had formed a theory to account for this strange behaviour. If human beings don't keep exercising their lips, he thought, their mouths probably seize up. After a few months' consideration and observation he abandoned this theory in favour of a new one. If they don't keep exercising their lips, he thought, their brains start working. After a while he abandoned this one as well as being obstructively cynical and decided he quite liked human beings after all, but he always remained desperately worried about the terrible number of things they didn't know about.

"All toasters toast toast!"
Mario, Hotel Marionote 

It is no surprise that after I killed their Pope, annihilated their army, taken their capitol, and expelled their priests that our relations with the Holy See would suffer. What is a surprise is that I pay men who can clearly only tell me that which is blatantly obvious.

Jon: Today, we're doing a video about birds!
Jacques: How dare you say that to me? You know my mother was a bird.
Jon: Well, yes... yeah. Yeah, I'm... I'm aware.

Toxic waste is poisonous.
Game tutorial tip, LEGO Batman

Aragorn: Not for ourselves. But we can give Frodo his chance if we keep Sauron's Eye fixed upon us. Keep him blind to all else that moves.
Legolas: A diversion! [In tones of one having a great revelation.]

"Hey, the offensive linemen are the biggest guys on the field, they're bigger than everybody else, and that's what makes them the biggest guys on the field."
John Madden

Don Calfari: But I did not give the orders to wipe out the Spaldoni family. That is an order that I did not give.
Mobster: Okay, Don Calfari. If you didn't give the order, then what does that mean?
Don Calfari: That would mean someone had to give the order. Someone that was not me.
The Middleman, "The Pilot Episode Sanction"

"I knew it! That sword... It's your weapon, isn't it?!"
Might Guy, Naruto

Goon: "That's a dead dog."
Anton Chigurh: "Yes, it is."

Marine Officer: Ah, shit! Sir, I dinged your statue.
Capt. Morgan: Thank you, Lieutenant Obvious.
Officer: Sir, it's Captain, sir.
Morgan: Yes, yes, I am.
Officer: Obvious, sir?
Morgan: Obviously I'm a captain.
Officer: Sir, I'm confused.
Morgan: Well you're definitely not cut out to be captain then, huh? [beat] Carry on, Lieutenant.
Officer: I'm a corporal.
Morgan: You would be!
Officer: Would be what, sir?
Morgan: [raises his axe-hand]
Officer: [in his head] Worth It. [cue Luffy distracting them both]

"I am murdered."
Spencer Perceval on his own assassination.

"Inspector Clay is dead. Murdered... and somebody is responsible."
— Detective, Plan 9 from Outer Space

Simmons:Sarge, we need to get Donut air-lifted outta here.
Sarge:Could you put that in a memo, and entitle it "Shit I already know!"
Sarge and Simmons on Private Donut, who was just blown up, Red vs. Blue

"You see those things that look like time bombs? Oh yeah! Those are time bombs."
— A gem of advice from musclebomber2021 about Super BomberBummerman 2

"Mega Man, Mega Man! Come in! There's these big yellow beams that kill you if you-" "SHUT YOUR MOUTH, I don't need you!
Roll and Egoraptor arguing in Quick Man's Stage on an episode of Sequelitis.

John: Fun? There's a woman lying dead!
Sherlock: Perfectly sound analysis, but I was hoping you'd go deeper.

"You must forgive Watson. He has an enthusiasm for stating the obvious which borders on mania."
Sherlock, "The Abominable Bride"

Inspector Lestrade (seeing a midget in Lord Blackwood's coffin): That's not Blackwood!
Holmes: Now we have a firm grasp... of the obvious.

"In the silent movie, there's no talking."
Natasha Bedingfield, Silent Movie

"In Economics, everything that is not obvious, is usually bullcrap."
—Mário Henrique Simonsen, Brazilian economist (original: Em Economia, tudo o que não é óbvio, normalmente é besteira. This phrase may extend to other fields.)

My eye! I'm not supposed to get pudding in it!
Lenny when Homer hits him with pudding.

[thousands of Confederacy starfighters stream past Yoda's window]
Mace Windu: The city is under attack!
Yoda: Defend the city we must!

Darth Baras: RAAAAAAGH! I cannot break him!
Sith Warrior: Is there some problem here?
Darth Baras: Who would ask such a stupid question?! Clearly, there's a problem here!
Sith Warrior: I feel your anger, master.
Darth Baras: A blind, deaf, comatose lobotomy patient could feel my anger!

It's a trap!
— (many characters in Star Wars, but most famously) Admiral Ackbar, Return of the Jedi

"Almost every sugary candy calls itself 'A FAT FREE FOOD,' as if we're idiots. Why would we think there's fat in a Lemon Head? Is some mad man running loose in your factory and putting a drop of love handle in every box? Of course candy is fat free—it's technically everything free since edible glue and corn syrup aren't food groups. Are you insecure, candy? Because you don't see gravy bragging about being sugar free... And nothing's worse than vegetables that are proud of themselves for not having fat. Way to go, fat free refried beans. You managed to get smashed into a can before a time traveler from the '40s put lard in you."

"'This area is quite verdant.' 'We are on a path.' 'We could get a good view from the top of that tower.' I know we could, asshole. Do you know how I know? Because I was just on the top of that tower. And so were you.

"I got that. I realised that myself. But now you've taken a moment of personal triumph and validation and you've ruined it by making it obvious."
Vaurien Scapegrace, Skulduggery Pleasant, Last Stand of the Dead Men

Chris: Zod makes some weird analogies about Cain and Abel, and then has Clark dragged to this arena where people are watching two guys dressed as gladiators fight each other with swords, and Oliver yells out “He wants you to fight! To the death!” Thanks for the update there, Katie Couric... Oliver also gives him helpful tips like “use the shield!”
David: Way to backseat gladiate, dick.
Chris: It’s great, because I was really hoping they’d take his character in a more “Navi From Ocarina of Time” direction. Hey! Listen!
Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Smallville ("Dominion")

"Can we get you on Mastermind, Sybil? Next contestant, Sybil Fawlty from Torquay. Specialist subject: the bleedin' obvious."
Basil Fawlty, Fawlty Towers.

Brandt: Your line's not long enough!
Ethan Hunt: No shit!

"Figure that bit out by yourself or did you have a 7-year-old help you?"
Maxima, Grrl Power

"Getting dark now; always does at night."
Dufflepuds, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Chief: "That's a spear, that is."
The Others: "That it is, Chief, that it is. You couldn't have put it better."
Dufflepuds, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Chief: "Visible we are. And what I say is, when chaps are visible, why, they can see one another."
The Others: "Ah, there it is, Chief. There's the point. No one's go a clearer head than you. You couldn't have made it plainer."
Dufflepuds, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Sombra: We're PLUSHIES again!
Coffee Talk: Thanks, Captain Obvious.
Sombra: That's KING Obvious.

Anastasia Steele: What are butt plugs?
Voiceover: It's a plug. For your butt.

Water is wet, gotcha. Also, grass is green, the sun rises in the east and this game should not be played by anyone.
VGJUNK review of Bad Cat for the Commodore 64

During the Peninsula War, I heard a Portuguese general address his troops before a battle with the words, "Remember men, you are Portuguese!"
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

"“End” – The series reaches its dramatic conclusion."
— Official synopsis of The Good Wife's series finale

"From Adam's stern expression, constant swearing, and repeated kicks to my face and stomach, I realized he must have been a bit upset about something."
Zero Punctuation, parodying Samus's tendency towards this trope in Metroid: Other M

Crook: S-S-Supergirl!
Supergirl: Clever of you to notice!

The Spectre: Still thrusting yourself into situations that are over your head, are you, Fatalist?
Kara: (tongue-in-cheek) I think he's called "Fatalist".
Linda: Brilliant, Holmes.

And, Superman... My greatest enemy... is you!

Supergirl: Why my father's name was Zor-El, your father's brother!
Superman: Great Scott! Then you're my — cousin!

Supergirl: He tunneled down into... some kind of secret chamber.
Belinda: (sarcastically) Really? I would never have guessed.

Gi: It's a force field!
Zarm: No kidding, Sherlock.

"If you look closely, you can see <obvious fact>."
— Internet meme

"You just don't lose the game anymore if you win, you know?"

"This is the 'Lonely Statue' area. He looks lonely."
— An Omochao in Wild Canyon, Sonic Adventure 2

Buffy Summers, in jeans, T-shirt, and bare feet, holding the wet cloth to her forehead by one hand, raised her upper body off the couch. “Kara?” she said, her eyes widening in recognition.
“It’s me, Buffy,” Kara said with a smile. In a second, the Slayer girl and the Girl of Steel were in each other’s arms, hugging.
“Well,” said Willow, noting that Giles had just entered the room, “I guess they do know each other, after all.”
“Remarkably observant, Willow,” noted Giles.

"In reality, cats possess the ability to turn themselves right side up in mid-air if they should fall upside-down, known as the cat righting reflex. This enables them to land on their feet if dropped from sufficient height, about 30 cm (12 in).

Toast, being an inanimate object, lacks both the ability and the desire to right itself."
Wikipedia, discussing the buttered cat paradox

Brian: We're trapped.
The Doctor: Yes. Thanks for spelling it out.
[approaching footsteps]
Rory: Doctor, whatever's down there is coming this way.
The Doctor: Spelling it out is hereditary. Wonderful.