Highly visibleAt first I thought this was duplicate to Captain Obvious, but it's not. This trope is applied when someone tries to say something positive, but ends up saying something obvious (like "your dress is blue" when trying to complinent it). It seems to be The Same but More Specific to Damned by Faint Praise (when you compliment something minor, implying that there's nothing else to compliment), or to Shaped Like Itself. Lot's of examples on Trivially Obvious are examples of Shaped Like Itself including the "self demonstrating" part in description: "Of all the Comedy Tropes out there, this... is one of them." I'm not really sure this is a trope by its own. Or maybe it is, just misused.
I don't see any important distinctions between this and Damned by Faint Praise. It seems to be saying that the difference is whether it's an intentional insult or not, but I don't see how that really changes the meaning of the trope.
No, the other one.When I saw this thread, I thought I'd read them through so I could point out the difference. I didn't find one. Potentially, there can be a difference between wanting to say something complimentary, but for one reason or another (either blanking or chickening out), ending up saying something trivial, and deliberately using this as an insult. However, I didn't see this in the tropes nor in the examples.
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Dragon Writer^ Yeah. Damned by Faint Praise can be deliberate on the part of the giver, or it can merely be assumed that way by the receiver.
No, the other one.I think merging Trivially Obvious and Damned by Faint Praise might be the best choice. We could differ them based on whether the comment is meant to be insulting or not, but I'm not sure that's significant enough. It would also mean re-defining both tropes. Or merging and then splitting...
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the it-thingyAt the very least it should be renamed. Trivially Obvious is anything but.
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