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* Yui in ''Manga/KOn'' has already been accused of this. Interestingly, she also shows signs of Hyperfocus. Specifically, she spends all her focus on learning the guitar ignoring her studies and failing a test. Causing her to exclusively focus on her studies, acing the re-take test, but forgetting most of what she learned on the guitar. Which is [[TruthInTelevision really possible]], people with ADHD can focus absurdly well when doing something they are interested in, often times without realizing it, blocking out everything else in the meantime.

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* Yui in Hirasawa from ''Manga/KOn'' has already been accused of this. Interestingly, tends to get very easily distracted, especially by things that she also shows signs of Hyperfocus. Specifically, she spends all her focus on learning the guitar ignoring her studies and failing a test. Causing her to exclusively focus on her studies, acing the re-take test, but forgetting most of what she learned on the guitar. Which considers cute (such as dogs). This is [[TruthInTelevision really possible]], people with ADHD can focus absurdly well prominently displayed in episode 8 when doing something they are interested in, often times without realizing it, blocking out everything else in she proves immune to nerves after finding a 100 yen coin on stage right before the meantime.Light Music Club's concert.


* The [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies Harpies]] of ''Manga/TwelveBeast'' are highly excitable, curious, and very energetic, but never remember for more than five minutes -- or less, really. Poster Girl Aero is a (partial) subversion. This is a common trait of harpies in Okayado's works. See also the other Aero from ''Manga/DeadlineSummonner'' and Papi from ''Manga/MonsterMusume''.

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* The [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies Harpies]] of ''Manga/TwelveBeast'' are highly excitable, curious, and very energetic, but never remember for more than five minutes -- or less, really. Poster Girl Aero is a (partial) subversion. This is a common trait of harpies in Okayado's works. See also the other Aero from ''Manga/DeadlineSummonner'' ''Manga/DeadlineSummoner'' and Papi from ''Manga/MonsterMusume''.


* ''Videogame/EverQuestII'' gives us the collection quest items, often nicknamed "shinies" by the players for two reasons. The first is that, well, they glow -- they're small, glowing points on the ground with a question mark on top. The second is that you can expect many people to instantly take a leave of their senses and drop whatever it is they were doing (such as traveling, trying to avoid dangerous mobs, healing their group or trying NOT to aggro everything in sight) in order to dig them up. Even more so in groups, where there's a competitive aspect to it -- first person to activate the shiny gets it, and the rare ones sell for a mint. A shiny popping up in the middle of a difficult fight can quite easily spell "wipe".

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* ''Videogame/EverQuestII'' ''VideoGame/EverQuestII'' gives us the collection quest items, often nicknamed "shinies" by the players for two reasons. The first is that, well, they glow -- they're small, glowing points on the ground with a question mark on top. The second is that you can expect many people to instantly take a leave of their senses and drop whatever it is they were doing (such as traveling, trying to avoid dangerous mobs, healing their group or trying NOT to aggro everything in sight) in order to dig them up. Even more so in groups, where there's a competitive aspect to it -- first person to activate the shiny gets it, and the rare ones sell for a mint. A shiny popping up in the middle of a difficult fight can quite easily spell "wipe".



* The Piglins in VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} are prone to this, even when they're aggressive, but they soon get back to fighting you afterwards.

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* The Piglins in VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' are prone to this, even when they're aggressive, but they soon get back to fighting you afterwards.



* The intro sequence of ''A Princess' Tale'' states that this is how the main character earned her nickname, "Princess Ooh Look, a Kitty."

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* The intro sequence of ''A Princess' Tale'' ''VideoGame/APrincessTale'' states that this is how the main character earned her nickname, "Princess Ooh Look, a Kitty."



* [[SupportingLeader Shouichi "Capt" Kazama]] from ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' has all the trappings of your typical shounen hero and has both [[BornLucky the luck]] and [[TheAce the skill]] to be the best at everything he tries. Despite this, his minuscule attention span mixed with his love of wandering around and trying new things prevents him from ever fully embracing this role, ensuring that he'll never steal the spotlight from any of the ActionGirl love interests or the protagonist Yamato.

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* [[SupportingLeader Shouichi "Capt" Kazama]] from ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' ''VisualNovel/MajikoiLoveMeSeriously'' has all the trappings of your typical shounen hero and has both [[BornLucky the luck]] and [[TheAce the skill]] to be the best at everything he tries. Despite this, his minuscule attention span mixed with his love of wandering around and trying new things prevents him from ever fully embracing this role, ensuring that he'll never steal the spotlight from any of the ActionGirl love interests or the protagonist Yamato.



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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':



* ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic''

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* ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic''''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'':



* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':



* Mayy Storm of ''{{Webcomic/Zelfia}}'' [[http://zelfia.tumblr.com/tagged/113 isn't the task-oriented type.]]
* ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}'':

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* Mayy Storm of ''{{Webcomic/Zelfia}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Zelfia}}'' [[http://zelfia.tumblr.com/tagged/113 isn't the task-oriented type.]]
* ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}'': ''Webcomic/{{Precocious}}'':



* ''WebComic/SchlockMercenary'' gives us Nick, the DumbMuscle of Tagon's Toughs;

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* ''WebComic/SchlockMercenary'' ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' gives us Nick, the DumbMuscle of Tagon's Toughs;


* ''Theatre/TheMarriageOfFigaro'' (Cherubino) and ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'' (Papageno), both composed by Mozart. Those who were close to the composer marveled at how [[WriteWhoYouKnow familiar]] the characters seemed.


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* ''Theatre/TheMarriageOfFigaro'' (Cherubino) and ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'' (Papageno), both composed by Mozart. Those who were close to the composer marveled at how [[WriteWhoYouKnow familiar]] the characters seemed.
* In ''Theatre/{{Hadestown}}'', during "Road to Hell," Orpheus is distracted from cleaning tables by a red dishrag and uses it as musical inspiration. He misses his cue from Hermes and only notices the audience when his name's called again.
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* In episode 11 of ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts'', Martin is in a bass suit and sees a fish lure, causing him to say "Shiny... Flashy... YUMMY!" as he then darts at the lure, trying to eat it.



** Eve also suffers from this as she tends to focus more on kissing Stanley while there's something happening but she does get herself back on track.

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** Eve also suffers from this as she tends to focus more on kissing Stanley while there's something happening but she does get herself back on track. .
* In episode 11 of ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts'', Martin is in a bass suit and sees a fish lure, causing him to say "Shiny... Flashy... YUMMY!" as he then darts at the lure, trying to eat it.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'':
** The Mask declares that he is going to save the day and stop the villains but first he's going to goof around or get distracted by trivial things which does tend to let the villains get away but he does get himself back on track to stop them eventually.
** Masked Milo gets distracted by other things as well but does get himself back on track as well.
** Eve also suffers from this as she tends to focus more on kissing Stanley while there's something happening but she does get herself back on track.


* ''Anime/TheIdolmaster''. Hibiki stops in the middle of her swimming race with Makoto to catch a fish.

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* ''Anime/TheIdolmaster''.''Anime/TheIdolMaster''. Hibiki stops in the middle of her swimming race with Makoto to catch a fish.



* ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'':

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* ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'':''Manga/RamenFighterMiki'':



* The [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies Harpies]] of ''Manga/TwelveBeast'' are highly excitable, curious, and very energetic, but never remember for more than five minutes -- or less, really. Poster Girl Aero is a (partial) subversion. This is a common trait of harpies in Okayado's works. See also the other Aero from ''Manga/DeadlineSummonner'' and Papi from ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl''.

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* The [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies Harpies]] of ''Manga/TwelveBeast'' are highly excitable, curious, and very energetic, but never remember for more than five minutes -- or less, really. Poster Girl Aero is a (partial) subversion. This is a common trait of harpies in Okayado's works. See also the other Aero from ''Manga/DeadlineSummonner'' and Papi from ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl''.''Manga/MonsterMusume''.



* [[RougeAnglesOfSatin Councilmen]] Raynold([[SpellMyNameWithAnS or is it Reynold]]?)'s only defining characteristic in ''FanFic/SoullessShell''.

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* [[RougeAnglesOfSatin Councilmen]] Raynold([[SpellMyNameWithAnS Raynold ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS or is it Reynold]]?)'s only defining characteristic in ''FanFic/SoullessShell''.''Fanfic/SoullessShell''.



* Chives the Dog, a minor character in the ''Anime/SonicX'' fanfic ''FanFic/DontKeepYourDistance''. Incidentally, she seems to be the only Mobian child imprisoned in a diamond mine (along with the main characters) who doesn't mind this line of work.

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* Chives the Dog, a minor character in the ''Anime/SonicX'' fanfic ''FanFic/DontKeepYourDistance''.''Fanfic/DontKeepYourDistance''. Incidentally, she seems to be the only Mobian child imprisoned in a diamond mine (along with the main characters) who doesn't mind this line of work.



'''Light:''' (''thinking'') ...shoes... I need to get shoes...

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'''Light:''' (''thinking'') ...''[thinking]'' ...shoes... I need to get shoes...



* In ''FanFic/AgeofDragons'', Kathan Adaar is a Qunari Inquisitor prone to going off on random tangents and forgetting what particular quest he is on at any given moment. Somehow he manages to be the smartest guy in the series anyway, proving that sometimes TheCuckoolanderWasRight.
* ''FanFic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness'': Alice is gifted with a scarf early in the Extra Stage. Several times after, she gets distracted enough with its quality that several conversations fly right over her head.

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* In ''FanFic/AgeofDragons'', ''Fanfic/AgeofDragons'', Kathan Adaar is a Qunari Inquisitor prone to going off on random tangents and forgetting what particular quest he is on at any given moment. Somehow he manages to be the smartest guy in the series anyway, proving that sometimes TheCuckoolanderWasRight.
* ''FanFic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness'': ''Fanfic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness'': Alice is gifted with a scarf early in the Extra Stage. Several times after, she gets distracted enough with its quality that several conversations fly right over her head.



'''Dan:''' ''(thinking)'' Oh, dear, I've completely forgotten what I was supposed to be doing. Come on, Dan, ''think''! Hmmm...I know! I'll just activate my Sexy Man Voice! That usually works! ''(in deep voice)'' I'm going to do my laundry. Could I have some change?\\

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'''Dan:''' ''(thinking)'' ''[thinking]'' Oh, dear, I've completely forgotten what I was supposed to be doing. Come on, Dan, ''think''! Hmmm...I know! I'll just activate my Sexy Man Voice! That usually works! ''(in ''[in deep voice)'' voice]'' I'm going to do my laundry. Could I have some change?\\



''(cut to Marik's Evil Council)''\\

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'''Tony:''' (''turns around'') Hmm, yes, dear?

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'''Tony:''' (''turns around'') ''[turns around]'' Hmm, yes, dear?



* ''{{Film/Clerks}}'': The stupid customers...

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* ''{{Film/Clerks}}'': ''Film/{{Clerks}}'': The stupid customers...



-->'''Adams:''' America awaits on your decision, Chase. The whole '''''world''''' waits on your decision. (''beat, points towards Chase's plate'') What's that, kidney? (''Chase angrily slaps Adams' finger away from his food'')

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-->'''Adams:''' America awaits on your decision, Chase. The whole '''''world''''' waits on your decision. (''beat, ''[beat, points towards Chase's plate'') plate]'' What's that, kidney? (''Chase ''[Chase angrily slaps Adams' finger away from his food'')food]''



-->'''Venom:''' Who was that guy? (''notices dog'') Wait, this thing looks delicious!

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-->'''Venom:''' Who was that guy? (''notices dog'') ''[notices dog]'' Wait, this thing looks delicious!



* ''[[VideoGame/GuildWars2 Guild Wars 2]]'' gives us the Skritt, who have a unique form of Hive Mind. They all have individual intelligence, but the more Skritt are around each other at a time, the smarter they get. Form up a whole Warren (underground city) and they rather effortlessly start repurposing snatched Asura and Charr tech into their own proto-industrial revolution. When there's only one or two around, though, they have the minds of the rodents they evolved from and are basically this trope made flesh.

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* ''[[VideoGame/GuildWars2 Guild Wars 2]]'' ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' gives us the Skritt, who have a unique form of Hive Mind. They all have individual intelligence, but the more Skritt are around each other at a time, the smarter they get. Form up a whole Warren (underground city) and they rather effortlessly start repurposing snatched Asura and Charr tech into their own proto-industrial revolution. When there's only one or two around, though, they have the minds of the rodents they evolved from and are basically this trope made flesh.



* Shimakaze from ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'' has this as part and parcel of her fixation on speed. Especially emphasized in episode 4 of the AnimatedAdaptation: when she's called in for a briefing, Shimakaze bounces around excitedly asking "When do we start?!", but when the briefing actually ''does'' start, she's playing with one of her Rensouhou-chan[[note]]a pet-slash-familiar resembling a mix between a naval gun and a Franchise/{{Pokemon}}[[/note]] and not listening. When the mission is set to launch, she's nowhere to be found, presumably having gotten bored and wandered off. After [[HilarityEnsues some hilarious failed attempts to draw her out]], her teammates sit down for ASpotOfTea...and Shimakaze eagerly skips up, asking "What are you guys doing? Can I have one of those scones?"

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* Shimakaze from ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'' ''VideoGame/KanColle'' has this as part and parcel of her fixation on speed. Especially emphasized in episode 4 of the AnimatedAdaptation: when she's called in for a briefing, Shimakaze bounces around excitedly asking "When do we start?!", but when the briefing actually ''does'' start, she's playing with one of her Rensouhou-chan[[note]]a pet-slash-familiar resembling a mix between a naval gun and a Franchise/{{Pokemon}}[[/note]] and not listening. When the mission is set to launch, she's nowhere to be found, presumably having gotten bored and wandered off. After [[HilarityEnsues some hilarious failed attempts to draw her out]], her teammates sit down for ASpotOfTea...and Shimakaze eagerly skips up, asking "What are you guys doing? Can I have one of those scones?"



* Fairies in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' franchise have this in general, due to being ephemeral and short-lived (but immortal) youkai. In the spin-off game ''Fairy Wars'' (which stars fan-favorite Cirno), you have a "motivation meter" in place of a life bar; when it hits 0, [[NonStandardGameOver Cirno gets bored of the whole adventure and wanders off to find something more interesting to do]].

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* Fairies in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' ''Franchise/TouhouProject'' franchise have this in general, due to being ephemeral and short-lived (but immortal) youkai. In the spin-off game ''Fairy Wars'' (which stars fan-favorite Cirno), you have a "motivation meter" in place of a life bar; when it hits 0, [[NonStandardGameOver Cirno gets bored of the whole adventure and wanders off to find something more interesting to do]].


If this type of character has AnimalMotifs, they're often associated with dogs, squirrels, or kittens.

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If this type of character has AnimalMotifs, they're often associated with dogs, squirrels, squirrels or kittens.


* Francis is shown developing a serious case of ADD in an early episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'': even after his roommate has stripped the room of every possible form of entertainment, Francis still can't focus on his homework, to the point that upon seeing a cockroach on his desk, he prefers to build a labyrinth for it to play with.

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* Francis is shown developing a serious case of ADD in an early episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'': even after his roommate has stripped the room of every possible form of entertainment, Francis still can't focus on his homework, to the point that upon seeing a cockroach on his desk, he prefers to build a labyrinth racetrack for it to play with.it.

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**Joey has proposed to Phoebe, thinking she is pregnant, then proposes to Rachel, who actually is pregnant. Phoebe is hurt, but says "I'll take you back, Joey Tribbiani... hey, look, a Salami Buddy!" (one of Monica's wedding presents nobody could figure out).


* Bean the Dynamite from the ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' comics, occasionally. In his first appearance, Fiona distracts him by throwing some shiny keys away. Later, Sally does almost exactly the same thing ''with one of his own [[MadBomber bombs]]''.

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* Bean the Dynamite from the ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' comics, ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogArchieComics'', occasionally. In his first appearance, Fiona distracts him by throwing some shiny keys away. Later, Sally does almost exactly the same thing ''with one of his own [[MadBomber bombs]]''.

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* The Spren Sylphrena or "Syl" in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' is very curious, excitable, and easily distracted by something new. In ''Rhythym of War'', she admits that she feels like she has two brains; A rational brain that can focus on important topics, and a childlike brain that constantly jumps to the nearest thing she notices. She regrets that her impulsiveness usually wins out.


* Shinobu of ''Manga/NininGaShinobuden'' has a great one of these in the first episode.

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* Shinobu of ''Manga/NininGaShinobuden'' ''Manga/NinjaNonsense'' has a great one of these in the first episode.

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* Deviljho of ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' is [[HorrorHunger perpetually hungry]] and [[DropInNemesis crashes Unstable environments]] in search of more food (which, more often than not, includes ''[[PersonOfMassDestruction everything that moves.]]'') However, if you drop a piece of meat on the ground, it'll immediately stop what it's doing and go chow down. This can be used to your advantage, as you can [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink apply certain items to the meat beforehand]] to [[SlippingAMickey put the Deviljho to sleep]], poison it or paralyze it for a short time.

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* In ''Literature/FireEngineByMistake'', a fire engine driving through the countryside is such a novelty that sheep stop nibbling, cows stop chewing, and horses stop dusting each other with their tails.

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