Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Main / AttentionDeficitOohShiny

Go To



* On ''[[Literature/CliffordTheBigRedDog Clifford's Puppy Days]]'', it is typically possible for one of the puppies to [[ExploitedTrope end a conversation they don't want to have]] by simply asking "Are we going to talk about X all day, or are we going to play?", which prompts an excited response of "Play, play, play!" At least for a little while.

to:

* On ''[[Literature/CliffordTheBigRedDog Clifford's Puppy Days]]'', ''WesternAnimation/CliffordsPuppyDays'', it is typically possible for one of the puppies to [[ExploitedTrope end a conversation they don't want to have]] by simply asking "Are we going to talk about X all day, or are we going to play?", which prompts an excited response of "Play, play, play!" At least for a little while.


* In ''Anime/SonicX'', Sonic spends a lot of the time he isn't running around lying on rooftops and snoozing, yet goes utterly insane when cooped up on a ship for ten days and nights. This may be because he's [[WeaksauceWeakness somewhat aquaphobic]] and [[SuperDrowningSkills can't swim]].



** Sonic arguably has issues with staying still for extended periods of time, though whether he fits this {{trope}} depends entirely on which continuity you're watching/playing/reading, and occasionally, which ''episode'' of which continuity. Sonic spends a lot of the time he isn't running around in ''Anime/SonicX'' lying on rooftops and snoozing, yet goes utterly insane when cooped up on a ship for ten days and nights. This may be because he's [[WeaksauceWeakness somewhat aquaphobic]] and [[SuperDrowningSkills can't swim]]. This is sometimes chalked up to his [[PersonalityPowers speedster nature]], a fairly common trope (see: [[Franchise/TheFlash Impulse]]).

to:

** Sonic arguably has issues with staying still for extended periods of time, though whether he fits this {{trope}} depends entirely on which continuity you're watching/playing/reading, and occasionally, which ''episode'' of which continuity. Sonic spends a lot of the time he isn't running around in ''Anime/SonicX'' lying on rooftops and snoozing, yet goes utterly insane when cooped up on a ship for ten days and nights. This may be because he's [[WeaksauceWeakness somewhat aquaphobic]] and [[SuperDrowningSkills can't swim]]. This is sometimes chalked up to his [[PersonalityPowers speedster nature]], a fairly common trope (see: [[Franchise/TheFlash Impulse]]).time.


* Leva Bates once lost a triple threat match to Su Yung because she was too busy doing an impression for the fans of [[Wrestling/BlackRose the woman she just appropriated her new bandana from]] to notice La Rosa Negra was being pinned by Yung.

to:

* Leva Bates once lost a triple threat match to Su Yung Wrestling/SuYung because she was too busy doing an impression for the fans of [[Wrestling/BlackRose the woman she just appropriated her new bandana from]] to notice La Rosa Negra was being pinned by Yung.


** Hyperfocus, one of ADHD's possible symptoms, actually ''inverts'' the trope. The person puts all of their brain power to a single interesting subject, but in exchange, their mind stops paying attention to their surroundings. ''This often lasts for hours''. Despite its tendency to drain one's time away, hyperfocus has been called one of ADHD's few good things for its sheer usefulness in doing things.[[note]]There are reports of people [[FailedASpotCheck failing to realize]] their apartment/house ''is on fire'' until the fire department came in and pointed it out to them; if this doesn't crush the stereotype, nothing will! [[/note]]

to:

** Hyperfocus, one of ADHD's possible symptoms, actually ''inverts'' the trope. The person puts all of their brain power to a single interesting subject, but in exchange, their mind stops paying attention to their surroundings. ''This often lasts for hours''. Despite its tendency to drain one's time away, hyperfocus has been called one of ADHD's few good things for its sheer usefulness in doing things.things...IF that thing to be focused on is beneficial. It's just as easy for one to get hyperfocused on, say, a novel and completely ignore ot tune out other tasks or responsibilities before them.[[note]]There are reports of people [[FailedASpotCheck failing to realize]] their apartment/house ''is on fire'' until the fire department came in and pointed it out to them; if this doesn't crush the stereotype, nothing will! [[/note]]


* Bean the Dynamite from the ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' 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]]''.

to:

* Bean the Dynamite from the ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' ''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]]''.



* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':

to:

* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'':


* In [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Marik's third Evil Council video]], Marik sends new member ''[[Creator/DanGreen DAN GREEN]]'' to steal Yugi's Millennium Puzzle. When Dan meets Yugi, however...

to:

* In [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Marik's third Evil Council video]], Marik sends new member ''[[Creator/DanGreen '''[[Creator/DanGreen DAN GREEN]]'' GREEN]]''' to steal Yugi's Millennium Puzzle. When Dan meets Yugi, however...

Added DiffLines:

* In [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Marik's third Evil Council video]], Marik sends new member ''[[Creator/DanGreen DAN GREEN]]'' to steal Yugi's Millennium Puzzle. When Dan meets Yugi, however...
--> '''Dan:''' Hello, I'm Dan Green. You may remember me from such animated products as ''Stepmother's Sin'' and ''The Little Panda Fighter''.\\
'''Yugi:''' Can I help you with something?\\
'''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?\\
'''Yugi:''' I guess that's okay. So is that everything?\\
'''Dan:''' Um, yes. I think so.\\
''(cut to Marik's Evil Council)''\\
'''Marik:''' It didn't work!\\
'''Bakura:''' [[SarcasmMode Personally, I'm shocked.]]\\
'''Marik:''' Dan Green, you are a most disappointing villain!


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

to:

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


Hello, Tropers. Welcome to the page of multiple interruption for picking up stuff off the--Ooh, [[DescribeTopicHere a page telling us to describe this trope here!]]

to:

Hello, Tropers. Welcome to the page of multiple interruption interruptions for picking up stuff off the--Ooh, the -- Ooh, [[DescribeTopicHere a page telling us to describe this trope here!]]



There are a few simple reasons for this trope. First is rampant misunderstanding about what ADHD actually is (in which case you should [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADHD go do some research]]), resulting in the oversimplification and exaggeration.[[note]] The misdiagnosis of ADHD/ADD, especially with the rampant Ritalin craze in the 80's, have really shaped public opinion towards this disorder. Bear in mind, though, there are people who suffer with this out there. [[/note]] Second, [[RuleOfFunny it's much funnier]] to have a character who just fidgets and spaces out occasionally without having to worry about the realism of adding other dimensions to their personality.

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

to:

There are a few simple reasons for this trope. First is a rampant misunderstanding about what ADHD actually is (in which case you should [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADHD go do some research]]), resulting in the oversimplification and exaggeration.[[note]] The misdiagnosis of ADHD/ADD, especially with the rampant Ritalin craze in the 80's, '80s, have really shaped public opinion towards this disorder. Bear in mind, though, there are people who suffer with from this out there. [[/note]] Second, [[RuleOfFunny it's much funnier]] to have a character who just fidgets and spaces out occasionally without having to worry about the realism of adding other dimensions to their personality.

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



* Excel of the ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' anime is this every second she's on screen, & can't even focus when she's talking, twisting her lightening fast sentences into twisting paths of unrelated subjects. In a meta sense, her poor English VA Jessica Calvello, herself diagnosed with ADD, ended up ''damaging her vocal chords'' by Episode 14 because she couldn't keep it up.

to:

* Excel of the ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' anime is this every second she's on screen, & can't even focus when she's talking, twisting her lightening fast sentences into twisting paths of unrelated subjects. In a meta sense, her poor English VA Jessica Calvello, herself diagnosed with ADD, ended up ''damaging her vocal chords'' cords'' by Episode 14 because she couldn't keep it up.



** Hinako Ninomiya is both hyperactive and easily distracted, especially in [[DualAgeModes child form]]. This certainly doesn't help in her job as English teacher, the students frequently taking advantage of her distractions. She's more focused as an adult, but if she stays too long this way she starts reverting to her childish behavior.
** Happōsai is one of the series' most powerful martial artists, and the man responsible for teaching Hinako Ninomiya her draining technique. However, he's such a DirtyOldMan that he can easily be distracted with an exposed clevage or some woman's underwear, something that Ranma has exploited on more than one occasion.

to:

** Hinako Ninomiya is both hyperactive and easily distracted, especially in [[DualAgeModes child form]]. This certainly doesn't help in her job as an English teacher, the students frequently taking advantage of her distractions. She's more focused as an adult, but if she stays too long this way she starts reverting to her childish behavior.
** Happōsai is one of the series' most powerful martial artists, and the man responsible for teaching Hinako Ninomiya her draining technique. However, he's such a DirtyOldMan that he can easily be distracted with an exposed clevage cleavage or some woman's underwear, something that Ranma has exploited on more than one occasion.



** Miki literally cannot focus in making deliveries without being distracted by helping stray dogs, beating BitPartBadguys or chasing insects.
** Kayahara Sensei seems to take her responsibilities as a teacher and a BullyHunter seriously, until she gets her TrademarkFavoriteFood and then forgets everything else.

to:

** Miki literally cannot focus in on making deliveries without being distracted by helping stray dogs, beating BitPartBadguys or chasing insects.
** Kayahara Sensei seems to take her responsibilities as a teacher and a BullyHunter seriously, seriously until she gets her TrademarkFavoriteFood and then forgets everything else.



* [[CatGirl Suzu]] from ''Manga/{{Rinne}}'' is a prime example of this. Special mention goes to when she took part in a obstacle course race filled with many cat toys alongside other black cats. All of them fell for the trap and started playing with the toys instead of advancing, except for Oboro, whose owner, Ageha, is filthy rich so he doesn't care for cheap toys (but he does gets disqualified for exiting the course). Suzu, however, arrived first by a wide margin. Why? [[UpToEleven Her attention spam is so short that she quickly becomes bored of the current toy and moves to the next one, eventually reaching the finish line]].

to:

* [[CatGirl Suzu]] from ''Manga/{{Rinne}}'' is a prime example of this. Special mention goes to when she took part in a an obstacle course race filled with many cat toys alongside other black cats. All of them fell for the trap and started playing with the toys instead of advancing, except for Oboro, whose owner, Ageha, is filthy rich so he doesn't care for cheap toys (but he does gets get disqualified for exiting the course). Suzu, however, arrived first by a wide margin. Why? [[UpToEleven Her attention spam span is so short that she quickly becomes bored of with the current toy and moves to the next one, eventually reaching the finish line]].



* ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac seems to have ADD trouble. On a positive note, it makes it hard for him to commit suicide because he tends to lose focus on it halfway though. It got downplayed as the series got CerebusSyndrome, though. Creator/JhonenVasquez is apparently very close to a RealLife example of this.
* ''ComicBook/{{Impulse}}'': Bart Allen, the aptly codenamed Impulse. Until he got kneecapped, read an entire library in under 2 hours, and took up the Kid Flash mantle. So, apparently the (temporary) cure for ADHD is kneecapping. It came back when he came BackFromTheDead in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'': [[ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} Legion of 3 Worlds]].

to:

* ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac seems to have ADD trouble. On a positive note, it makes it hard for him to commit suicide because he tends to lose focus on it halfway though.through. It got downplayed as the series got CerebusSyndrome, though. Creator/JhonenVasquez is apparently very close to a RealLife example of this.
* ''ComicBook/{{Impulse}}'': Bart Allen, the aptly codenamed Impulse. Until he got kneecapped, read an entire library in under 2 hours, and took up the Kid Flash mantle. So, apparently apparently, the (temporary) cure for ADHD is kneecapping. It came back when he came BackFromTheDead in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'': [[ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} Legion of 3 Worlds]].



* 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.

to:

* 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/JoysOfTheParenthoodTheTepesEdition'': Being easily distracted like all other three-year olds, Lisa has little faith in bringing Adrian to a council meeting.

to:

* ''Fanfic/JoysOfTheParenthoodTheTepesEdition'': Being easily distracted like all other three-year olds, three-year-olds, Lisa has little faith in bringing Adrian to a council meeting.



* Dory from ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' fits the bill, though her "disorder" is rather attributed to a condition of "short term memory loss". As she can only remember a relatively short span of time clearly, it's easy for her to forget what she was originally doing and thus is likely to switch to a new topic. It runs in her family... she thinks. This is actually a disorder known as Anterograde Memory Dysfunction, or AMD. This is the same mental condition shown in the Creator/ChristopherNolan movie ''Film/{{Memento}}''.

to:

* Dory from ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' fits the bill, though her "disorder" is rather attributed to a condition of "short term memory loss". As she can only remember a relatively short span of time clearly, it's easy for her to forget what she was originally doing and thus is likely to switch to a new topic. It runs in her family... she thinks. This is actually a disorder known as Anterograde Memory Dysfunction, Dysfunction or AMD. This is the same mental condition shown in the Creator/ChristopherNolan movie ''Film/{{Memento}}''.



-->''A queer thing I soon discovered about my little hosts, and that was their lack of interest. They would come to me with eager cries of astonishment, like children, but like children they would soon stop examining me and wander away after some other toy.''

to:

-->''A queer thing I soon discovered about my little hosts, and that was their lack of interest. They would come to me with eager cries of astonishment, like children, but like children children, they would soon stop examining me and wander away after some other toy.''



* In the ''Literature/{{Clementine}}'' books, especially in the earlier titles, Clementine has to be reminded often to pay attention in school, and has trouble sitting still. As she explains...

to:

* In the ''Literature/{{Clementine}}'' books, especially in the earlier titles, Clementine has to be reminded often to pay attention in school, school and has trouble sitting still. As she explains...



* A gag from a ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' episode: Louie is sued by an old lady for hitting her with his cab. Learning that she's a notorious scam artist, he welcomes taking her on in court. Just before the civil hearing, Reverend Jim discovers that this time Louie ironically ''did'' injure her for real, and tries to warn Louie:

to:

* A gag from a ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' episode: Louie is gets sued by an old lady for hitting her with his cab. Learning that she's a notorious scam artist, he welcomes taking her on in court. Just before the civil hearing, Reverend Jim discovers that this time Louie ironically ''did'' injure her for real, and tries to warn Louie:



* [[TheDanza Tracy]] [[AdamWesting Jordan]] of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' almost refers to this trope by name; his exact words were "... I have Attention Deficit Disor-- Jack your shoes are ''shiny''."

to:

* [[TheDanza Tracy]] [[AdamWesting Jordan]] of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' almost refers to this trope by name; his exact words were "... I have Attention Deficit Disor-- Jack Jack, your shoes are ''shiny''."



* ''Series/GrowingPains'': It has often been speculated that one reason behind Mike's (Kirk Cameron) poor academic performance is ADD. Episodes have seen him buy a "magic rock" (from a school scam artist) to help him with an extemporaneous essay, stay home from school to catch up on ''Series/GilligansIsland'' and fail to take an IQ test seriously. His possible problems are particularly spelled out in the late 1987 episode "Nasty Habits," where Mike's bad habits, constant distraction and inability to concentrate for a few minutes have put him in danger of possibly not graduating from high school on time. Here, he struggles to start an English essay that, after putting it off, is due the next day. At one point, he envisions dancing with pretty girl he met at the pizza parlor (with the Tiffany song "Could've Been" used to frame the scene) ... before he finally is able to clear his mind and write a coherent paper.

to:

* ''Series/GrowingPains'': It has often been speculated that one reason behind Mike's (Kirk Cameron) poor academic performance is ADD. Episodes have seen him buy a "magic rock" (from a school scam artist) to help him with an extemporaneous essay, stay home from school to catch up on ''Series/GilligansIsland'' and fail to take an IQ test seriously. His possible problems are particularly spelled out in the late 1987 episode "Nasty Habits," where Mike's bad habits, constant distraction and inability to concentrate for a few minutes have put him in danger of possibly not graduating from high school on time. Here, he struggles to start an English essay that, after putting it off, is due the next day. At one point, he envisions dancing with a pretty girl he met at the pizza parlor (with the Tiffany song "Could've Been" used to frame the scene) ... before he finally is able to clear his mind and write a coherent paper.



* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'': Parado is all too playful for his (supposed) age, gets bored extremely easily and tends to switch between what he is toying with at moment's notice. The only thing he focuses on is fighting other riders, namely [[ArchEnemy Emu]].
* Subverted on ''Series/TeenWolf''. Stiles does have ADHD, but it manifests more in a somewhat wacky body language, impulsive decisions and the tendency to ramble. It's stated by one of his teachers that he has trouble focusing in class, but you could make a case for him hyper-focusing on other things. Also he doesn't ramble that much. More of a zingy one-liner dude. He hyperfocuses as well, as shown in "Wolf Moon", when he ends up spending hours researching lycanthropy on little more than a whim.

to:

* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'': Parado is all too playful for his (supposed) age, gets bored extremely easily and tends to switch between what he is toying with at a moment's notice. The only thing he focuses on is fighting other riders, namely [[ArchEnemy Emu]].
* Subverted on ''Series/TeenWolf''. Stiles does have ADHD, but it manifests more in a somewhat wacky body language, impulsive decisions and the tendency to ramble. It's stated by one of his teachers that he has trouble focusing in class, but you could make a case for him hyper-focusing on other things. Also Also, he doesn't ramble that much. More of a zingy one-liner dude. He hyperfocuses as well, as shown in "Wolf Moon", Moon" when he ends up spending hours researching lycanthropy on little more than a whim.



* In the ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Luminous Fish Effect," Sheldon is in the middle of proving to Penny why she needs to slow down driving to the supermarket, citing her car's weight & speed, combined with their collective weight when...oh, putt putt golf!
* Sometimes [[InvokedTrope invoked]] on ''Series/TopGear'' to interrupt an argument during the News segment. None of the presenters will stop talking on whatever topic is going on, when Jeremy Clarkson will point at a member of the audience and declare "JESUS IS HERE!"

to:

* In the ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Luminous Fish Effect," Sheldon is in the middle of proving to Penny why she needs to slow down driving to the supermarket, citing her car's weight & speed, combined with their collective weight when...oh, putt putt putt-putt golf!
* Sometimes [[InvokedTrope invoked]] on ''Series/TopGear'' to interrupt an argument during the News segment. None of the presenters will stop talking on whatever topic is going on, on when Jeremy Clarkson will point at a member of the audience and declare "JESUS IS HERE!"



* ADHD was the topic of one episode of ''Series/LastManStanding''. The school psychiatrist diagnoses Boyd with ADHD after he becomes too disruptive in class and prescribes medicine. Mike goes on a tirade about the situation, feeling that the school just uses ADHD as an excuse to drug kids that are too energetic and Boyd doesn't really have the disorder. He's proven right when Boyd calms down in school after he begins playing ice hockey to burn off energy. However, it's later revealed that Mandy took some of Boyd's medication while studying for her exams and did better than usual, suggesting she actually has ADHD and explaining a lot of her seeming absent minded personality.

to:

* ADHD was the topic of one episode of ''Series/LastManStanding''. The school psychiatrist diagnoses Boyd with ADHD after he becomes too disruptive in class and prescribes medicine. Mike goes on a tirade about the situation, feeling that the school just uses ADHD as an excuse to drug kids that are too energetic and Boyd doesn't really have the disorder. He's proven right when Boyd calms down in school after he begins playing ice hockey to burn off energy. However, it's later revealed that Mandy took some of Boyd's medication while studying for her exams and did better than usual, suggesting she actually has ADHD and explaining a lot of her seeming absent minded absent-minded personality.



* A frequent aspect of wrestling matches is the "distraction", where it often leads to cheating... or, in the broadest sense affects the outcome of the match. A typical example is someone coming to the ring to taunt his foe, the foe going over to argue with them, and the foe's opponent for the match (which may only be starting right at that moment) sneaking up from behind and rolling him up for the pin. Another example is the manager, valet or other second distracting the EasilyDistractedReferee long enough for a rule breaking wrestler to use a foreign object to hit his opponent, knock him unconscious and get a win. During tag-team matches, one of the partners of the face team will try to get the referee to notice illegal double-teaming of his partner by the heel team, but the referee is preoccupied by trying to escort him -- the non-legal face wrestler -- out of the ring.

to:

* A frequent aspect of wrestling matches is the "distraction", where it often leads to cheating... or, in the broadest sense affects the outcome of the match. A typical example is someone coming to the ring to taunt his foe, the foe going over to argue with them, and the foe's opponent for the match (which may only be starting right at that moment) sneaking up from behind and rolling him up for the pin. Another example is the manager, valet or other second distracting the EasilyDistractedReferee long enough for a rule breaking rule-breaking wrestler to use a foreign object to hit his opponent, knock him unconscious and get a win. During tag-team matches, one of the partners of the face team will try to get the referee to notice illegal double-teaming of his partner by the heel team, but the referee is preoccupied by with trying to escort him -- the non-legal face wrestler -- out of the ring.



* Corax in ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' have this as one of their racial flaws. Their other flaw being allergy to gold, this doesn't usually work out too well for them.

to:

* Corax in ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' have this as one of their racial flaws. Their other flaw being an allergy to gold, this doesn't usually work out too well for them.



* In ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', an [[NighInvulnerability otherwise indestructible]] Master Belch can be defeated if you use Fly Honey to distract him; he'll waste turns guzzling that mess down, leaving himself vulnerable to attack.

to:

* In ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', an [[NighInvulnerability otherwise indestructible]] Master Belch can be defeated if you use Fly Honey to distract him; he'll waste turns guzzling to guzzle that mess down, leaving himself vulnerable to attack.



* [[CatGirl Taokaka]] from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' has a three-second or three-step (depening on which comes first) attention span/memory combo. Of course, HilarityEnsues.

to:

* [[CatGirl Taokaka]] from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' has a three-second or three-step (depening (depending on which comes first) attention span/memory combo. Of course, HilarityEnsues.



* The Novakids from ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'' are an entire race of these, as they can't focus on any task for long before getting distracted by something new and interesting, have very poor long-term memories, and don't recognize the importance of writing things down for later. They're actually stunningly intelligent on an intuitive level (a Novakid can build a working FTL drive and spaceship just by seeing one pass by and inventing what they need to get it to work), but they keep having to reinvent the wheel. For this reason, Novakid communities tend to fluctuate between stone and digital age (usually lingering on the "steel and steam" age out of affectation more than anything) as one generation makes groundbreaking discoveries and the next forgets how they work. The beta versions of the game reflected this in the character intro blurbs; while the other races had long-term reasons for their situations, the Novakid's boiled down to "You're on a malfuctioning ship and you can't remember how you got there."

to:

* The Novakids from ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'' are an entire race of these, as they can't focus on any task for long before getting distracted by something new and interesting, have very poor long-term memories, and don't recognize the importance of writing things down for later. They're actually stunningly intelligent on an intuitive level (a Novakid can build a working FTL drive and spaceship just by seeing one pass by and inventing what they need to get it to work), but they keep having to reinvent the wheel. For this reason, Novakid communities tend to fluctuate between stone and digital age (usually lingering on the "steel and steam" age out of affectation more than anything) as one generation makes groundbreaking discoveries and the next one forgets how they work. The beta versions of the game reflected this in the character intro blurbs; while the other races had long-term reasons for their situations, the Novakid's boiled down to "You're on a malfuctioning malfunctioning ship and you can't remember how you got there."



* [[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 miniscule 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.

to:

* [[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 miniscule 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.



* Daisy, on the cover of the third ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' book, looking at King's swinging collar instead of King himself. Although, to be fair, its about all you'd expect from a pup who's only words (so far) have been "Hi! I'm Daisy!".

to:

* Daisy, on the cover of the third ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' book, looking at King's swinging collar instead of King himself. Although, Although to be fair, its it's about all you'd expect from a pup who's only words (so far) have been "Hi! I'm Daisy!".



* Scarlet, the squirrel from the webcomic ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' is an example of [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/SA_0202_small.jpg this]]. Part of what affects her is that, she used to be hooked up to a giant supercomputer (along with three others) where their savant-like intelligence was used to crunch numbers. Coming from a world where things really are instantaneous, the real world would come off as a big distraction to her. Also might have something to do with [[spoiler:the accident that ended up getting her out of the corporation where she was being kept involved lots of really intense heat. Which damages computer chips.]]

to:

* Scarlet, the squirrel from the webcomic ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' is an example of [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/SA_0202_small.jpg this]]. Part of what affects her is that, that she used to be hooked up to a giant supercomputer (along with three others) where their savant-like intelligence was used to crunch numbers. Coming from a world where things really are instantaneous, the real world would come off as a big distraction to her. Also might have something to do with [[spoiler:the accident that ended up getting her out of the corporation where she was being kept involved lots of really intense heat. Which damages computer chips.]]



** Clubs Deuce from the Midnight Crew cannot possibly hope to remember more than one thing at a time, and gets easily distracted by clocks.

to:

** Clubs Deuce from the Midnight Crew cannot possibly hope to remember more than one thing at a time, time and gets easily distracted by clocks.



* Both Halo and Dabbler of ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' have versions of ADD. Dabbler is an alien/demon/something, so her version may be a little different. Halo is just ''different'', and has an Adderall prescription that doesn't seem strong enough.

to:

* Both Halo and Dabbler of ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' have versions of ADD. Dabbler is an alien/demon/something, alien/demon/something so her version may be a little different. Halo is just ''different'', and has an Adderall prescription that doesn't seem strong enough.



* Minmax the Invicible Warrior, from ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}''. [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/07312005/ "...OOO! A shiny rock!"]] He probably [[MinMaxing traded this for a combat bonus]].

to:

* Minmax the Invicible Invincible Warrior, from ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}''. [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/07312005/ "...OOO! A shiny rock!"]] He probably [[MinMaxing traded this for a combat bonus]].



* Sabrina "Ultragirl" Mancini in ''Webcomic/RivalAngels'' isn't usually prone to this, but it happens to her once at a very inconvenient time. Her best friend, Sun Wong, almost falls off the edge of the stage (twenty foot drop), but Sabrina saves her by grabbing the waistband of her shorts at the last second. Sabrina then uses her other hand to grab the comic's BigBad (who pushed Sun toward the edge in the first place) to prevent herself from being dragged over the edge along with Sun. And just when it looks like all three of them are going to fall, one of the Big Bad's two [[TheDragon Dragons]] grabs her and pulls. Which is when this exchange happens:

to:

* Sabrina "Ultragirl" Mancini in ''Webcomic/RivalAngels'' isn't usually prone to this, but it happens to her once at a very inconvenient time. Her best friend, Sun Wong, almost falls off the edge of the stage (twenty foot (twenty-foot drop), but Sabrina saves her by grabbing the waistband of her shorts at the last second. Sabrina then uses her other hand to grab the comic's BigBad (who pushed Sun toward the edge in the first place) to prevent herself from being dragged over the edge along with Sun. And just when it looks like all three of them are going to fall, one of the Big Bad's two [[TheDragon Dragons]] grabs her and pulls. Which is when this exchange happens:



* Elliot from ''Webcomic/BloodStain'' suffers from a lack of focus, lapsing every so often into {{Imagine Spot}}s whenever she is talked to. In a deconstruction of this trope, this makes her unable to hold a job for very long and causes her to [[PoorCommunicationKills not communicate at all]], in fear of her superiors admonishing her for her lack of focus.

to:

* Elliot from ''Webcomic/BloodStain'' suffers from a lack of focus, lapsing every so often into {{Imagine Spot}}s whenever she is talked to. In a deconstruction of this trope, this makes her unable to hold a job for very long and causes her to [[PoorCommunicationKills to not communicate at all]], in fear of her superiors admonishing her for her lack of focus.



** Schlock himself has been described as "[[https://www.schlockmercenary.com/2014-05-04 an overstimulated child]]", but he does have an excuse, based on both his 'birth', and biology.
--> "I find my perspective refreshing."

to:

** Schlock himself has been described as "[[https://www.schlockmercenary.com/2014-05-04 an overstimulated child]]", but he does have an excuse, based on both his 'birth', 'birth' and biology.
--> ---> "I find my perspective refreshing."



* Fidget, a KidHero [[SuperSpeed speedster]] who attends the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' suffers from this problem. In his case, its usually over-exaggerated in the storylines, though the writers did do one thing right: when his attention isn't flitting from place to place like a butterfly in a field of posies, it's hyper-focused like a laser beam to the exclusion of everything around him
* Crops up very frequently in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest''. Some portrayals of [=ADHD=] (such as Lance Barrett) are very low-key and realistic. Others however, like with Owen Fontaine, are of the plain old bouncing off the walls variety.

to:

* Fidget, a KidHero [[SuperSpeed speedster]] who attends the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' suffers from this problem. In his case, its it's usually over-exaggerated in the storylines, though the writers did do one thing right: when his attention isn't flitting from place to place like a butterfly in a field of posies, it's hyper-focused like a laser beam to the exclusion of everything around him
* Crops up very frequently in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest''. Some portrayals of [=ADHD=] (such as Lance Barrett) are very low-key and realistic. Others Others, however, like with Owen Fontaine, are of the plain old bouncing off the walls variety.



* Similarly, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick gets constantly distracted by puppies, cute jewelery or her team's antics.

to:

* Similarly, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick gets constantly distracted by puppies, cute jewelery jewelry or her team's antics.



* ''WebVideo/{{Vsauce}}'': Michael will often get sidetracked and start talking about something only tangentially related to the subject in the video's title. Michael justifys it in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9hauSrihYQthis video;]] his goal is to discuss and teach any subjects that he can with the questions in the title only being "hooks" to get the viewer's attention.
* In [[Blog/ConstableFrozen Constable Frozen's]] photo edit [[http://constable-frozen.tumblr.com/post/103896551578/go-away-anna Go Away Anna]], Anna breaks down the door of Elsa's ice place, only to be distracted by her [[ItMakesSenseInContext pizza.]]

to:

* ''WebVideo/{{Vsauce}}'': Michael will often get sidetracked and start talking about something only tangentially related to the subject in the video's title. Michael justifys justifies it in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9hauSrihYQthis video;]] his goal is to discuss and teach any subjects that he can with the questions in the title only being "hooks" to get the viewer's attention.
* In [[Blog/ConstableFrozen Constable Frozen's]] photo edit [[http://constable-frozen.tumblr.com/post/103896551578/go-away-anna Go Away Anna]], Anna breaks down the door of Elsa's ice place, palace, only to be distracted by her [[ItMakesSenseInContext pizza.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': Timmy. In "Genie Meanie Minie Mo", when Cosmo and Wanda couldn't grant his wish for a cheese and ham omelet because it was 10:31 [=AM=] and it was against Da Rules to grant breakfast wishes after 10:30 [=AM=], Timmy said nothing would take his mind off it until... he noticed a garage sale. Though to be fair, he did still remember his desire for an omelet, and checking out that garage sale did ''coincidentally'' lead to him getting one.

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': Timmy. In "Genie Meanie Minie Mo", when Cosmo and Wanda couldn't grant his wish for a cheese and ham omelet because it was 10:31 [=AM=] and it was against Da Rules to grant breakfast wishes after 10:30 [=AM=], Timmy said nothing would take his mind off it until... he noticed a garage sale. Though to be fair, he did still remember his desire for an omelet, omelet and checking out that garage sale did ''coincidentally'' lead to him getting one.



--> '''Cosmo:''' I'm not bright. Big words confuse me. I have the attention span of a rodent!

to:

--> ---> '''Cosmo:''' I'm not bright. Big words confuse me. I have the attention span of a rodent!



** Cleveland Jr., before his departure to ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', was a very hyperactive boy who [[FleetingPassionateHobbies often found lost interest in something he was good at then turned to something else]]. In the only episode where he had a major appearance he becomes a very talented golfer but by the end of the episode he loses interest and starts kicking the golf ball around like a soccer ball.

to:

** Cleveland Jr., before his departure to ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', was a very hyperactive boy who [[FleetingPassionateHobbies often found lost interest in something he was good at then turned to something else]]. In the only episode where he had a major appearance appearance, he becomes a very talented golfer but by the end of the episode episode, he loses interest and starts kicking the golf ball around like a soccer ball.



** One episode has Peter display an extreme case of being easily distracted. When Peter screws up the timeline in the past by going with Cleavland to a club instead of going out with Lois, it causes him to be married to another woman in the present instead of Lois. Death gives Peter another chance to fix his screw ups, but Peter winds up screwing up several times (pissing off Lois and then going to the club with Cleveland every time Death gives Peter another shot). Death finally gets pissed off at Peter and tells him he is on his own. Of course, Peter manages to fix everything in the last minute.

to:

** One episode has Peter display an extreme case of being easily distracted. When Peter screws up the timeline in the past by going with Cleavland Cleveland to a club instead of going out with Lois, it causes him to be married to another woman in the present instead of Lois. Death gives Peter another chance to fix his screw ups, screw-ups, but Peter winds up screwing up several times (pissing off Lois and then going to the club with Cleveland every time Death gives Peter another shot). Death finally gets pissed off at Peter and tells him he is on his own. Of course, Peter manages to fix everything in the last minute.



* Violet from ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'' is easily distracted by anything remotely cute or pretty. Puppies, butterflies, paintings, cats....

to:

* Violet from ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'' is easily distracted by anything remotely cute or pretty. Puppies, butterflies, paintings, cats....cats...



** WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck has a severe case of this. One such example is when he realizes that Bugs' new dog is a dangerous Tasmanian devil... then he gets distracted by an ad for guitar lessons. Later he tries to warn him again, but stops to buy a hooded sweatshirt.
** Also Lola's new version in the show, to the point she starts rambling in a midle of a short answer about random things and, most of the time, about Bugs.

to:

** WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck has a severe case of this. One such example is when he realizes that Bugs' new dog is a dangerous Tasmanian devil... then he gets distracted by an ad for guitar lessons. Later he tries to warn him again, again but stops to buy a hooded sweatshirt.
** Also Lola's new version in the show, to the point she starts rambling in a midle the middle of a short answer about random things and, most of the time, about Bugs.



* Jake from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. It's especially evident in "Power Animal", when Finn has gone missing and Jake, though genuinely worried about him and determined to track him down, keeps getting distracted by random fun things going on along the way.

to:

* Jake from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. It's especially evident in "Power Animal", Animal" when Finn has gone missing and Jake, though genuinely worried about him and determined to track him down, keeps getting distracted by random fun things going on along the way.



-->'''Mabel:''' Don't worry, brother. Whatever happens I'll be right here, supporting you every step of the '''OH MY GOSH, A PIG!!!'''

to:

-->'''Mabel:''' --->'''Mabel:''' Don't worry, brother. Whatever happens happens, I'll be right here, supporting you every step of the '''OH MY GOSH, A PIG!!!'''



--->'''Lobo:''' Man, this is getting lame, I though he'd be here by now... WHOA!! MOSQUITO!!! ''(opens fire on bug)''

to:

--->'''Lobo:''' Man, this is getting lame, I though thought he'd be here by now... WHOA!! MOSQUITO!!! ''(opens fire on bug)''



** Hyperfocus, one of ADHD's possible symptoms, actually ''inverts'' the trope. The person puts all of their brain power to a single interesting subject, but in exchange their mind stops paying attention to their surroundings. ''This often lasts for hours''. Despite it's tendency to drain one's time away, hyperfocus has been called one of ADHD's few good things for it's sheer usefulness in doing things.[[note]]There are reports of people [[FailedASpotCheck failing to realize]] their apartment/house ''is on fire'' until the fire department came in and pointed it out to them; if this doesn't crush the stereotype, nothing will! [[/note]]

to:

** Hyperfocus, one of ADHD's possible symptoms, actually ''inverts'' the trope. The person puts all of their brain power to a single interesting subject, but in exchange exchange, their mind stops paying attention to their surroundings. ''This often lasts for hours''. Despite it's its tendency to drain one's time away, hyperfocus has been called one of ADHD's few good things for it's its sheer usefulness in doing things.[[note]]There are reports of people [[FailedASpotCheck failing to realize]] their apartment/house ''is on fire'' until the fire department came in and pointed it out to them; if this doesn't crush the stereotype, nothing will! [[/note]]



* Creator/DougWalker admitted it in one of AsHimself videos. It usually manifests into getting sidetracked from what he's talking about with new ideas, and then apologizing for it.

to:

* Creator/DougWalker admitted it in one of AsHimself videos. It usually manifests into getting sidetracked from what he's talking about with new ideas, ideas and then apologizing for it.


* The 1972 live-action adaptation of ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'' had this little bit, when John Adams was addressing Senator Chase, who was enjoying his lunch? Dinner? On the matter of American independence:
-->'''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'')



* The 1972 live-action adaptation of ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'' had this little bit, when John Adams was addressing Senator Chase, who was enjoying his lunch? dinner? on the matter of American independence:
-->'''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'')


* [[https://archiveofourown.org/works/14919122 This fanfic of]] ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' depicts Pink Pearl as having ADHD [[spoiler:that causes White Diamond to take her away from Pink Diamond]], as a contrast to the autistic Crystal Gem Pearl.

to:

* [[https://archiveofourown.org/works/14919122 This fanfic of]] ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' depicts Pink Pearl as having ADHD [[spoiler:that causes White Diamond to take her away from Pink Diamond]], ADHD, as a contrast to the autistic Crystal Gem Pearl.


* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'': Gene Belcher is notorious for being easily distracted, to the point where "Best Burger" reveals that his family members refer to goofing up due to losing focus as [[PersonAsFerb "Gene-ing out"]].

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'': Gene Belcher is notorious for being easily distracted, to the point where "Best Burger" reveals that his family members refer to goofing up due to losing focus as [[PersonAsFerb [[PersonAsVerb "Gene-ing out"]].

Added DiffLines:

* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'': Gene Belcher is notorious for being easily distracted, to the point where "Best Burger" reveals that his family members refer to goofing up due to losing focus as [[PersonAsFerb "Gene-ing out"]].


* Bobby from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' is once put on drugs for what appeared to be ADHD, but it was actually hyperactivity brought on by eating too much sweet cereal. The drug's actions on his body are rather realistic, causing him to count the ridges on checkers rather than playing the game, to everyone's surprise.

to:

* On ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Bobby from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' Hill is once put on mistakenly diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed drugs for what appeared to be ADHD, but it was actually hyperactivity brought on by eating too much sweet cereal. combat it. The drug's actions effects on his body behavior are rather fairly realistic, causing him (among other things) to count the ridges on checkers rather than instead of playing the game, game and claim to everyone's surprise.pinpoint by smell the exact moment when a carton of milk in a closed refrigerator has spoiled. (In reality, Bobby had been on a sugar high caused by eating overly sweetened cereal that morning.)

Added DiffLines:

* The Novakids from ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'' are an entire race of these, as they can't focus on any task for long before getting distracted by something new and interesting, have very poor long-term memories, and don't recognize the importance of writing things down for later. They're actually stunningly intelligent on an intuitive level (a Novakid can build a working FTL drive and spaceship just by seeing one pass by and inventing what they need to get it to work), but they keep having to reinvent the wheel. For this reason, Novakid communities tend to fluctuate between stone and digital age (usually lingering on the "steel and steam" age out of affectation more than anything) as one generation makes groundbreaking discoveries and the next forgets how they work. The beta versions of the game reflected this in the character intro blurbs; while the other races had long-term reasons for their situations, the Novakid's boiled down to "You're on a malfuctioning ship and you can't remember how you got there."

Showing 15 edit(s) of 544

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report