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* Ash Ketchum from ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' knows surprisingly little about Pokémon, considering that the entire world is obsessed with them, and he's more obsessed with them than anybody else. Notably, Iris calls him out on this quite a bit during his stay in Unova.

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* Ash Ketchum from ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' knows surprisingly little about Pokémon, Pokémon during the Kanto and [[SoftReboot Unova]] seasons, considering that the entire world is obsessed with them, and he's more obsessed with them than anybody else. Notably, Iris calls him out on this quite a bit during his stay in Unova.

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The AmnesiacHero is one way writers get around this. After all, it's okay for him not to know if he's forgotten, right?


** At least Naruto himself is a dumbass, but one wonders exactly what they've been studying for years prior to the beginning of the show since ''every single thing'' needs to be explained. Naruto didn't just skip classes, he put his ninja skills to use in order to ''escape'' in the middle of lessons. He also grew up as a social outcast. His lack of knowledge is his case is partially justified.

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** At least Naruto himself is a dumbass, but one wonders exactly what they've been studying for years prior to the beginning of the show since ''every single thing'' needs to be explained. Naruto didn't just skip classes, he put his ninja skills to use in order to ''escape'' in the middle of lessons. He also grew up as a social outcast. His lack of knowledge is in his case is partially justified.


* In ''Disney/MulanII'', Mulan is shocked when she hears that three princesses have been betrothed in an arranged marriage. This shouldn't surprise her, as it is most likely one of the most normal things in the world where and when she lives, and her own marriage to Shang for love is probably a huge exception. Especially considering that [[Disney/{{Mulan}} the first film]] begins with Mulan flubbing her meeting with the Matchmaker in an attempt to get an arranged marriage ''herself''. That's why [[FanonDiscontinuity fans don't really talk about the sequel.]]

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* In ''Disney/MulanII'', ''WesternAnimation/MulanII'', Mulan is shocked when she hears that three princesses have been betrothed in an arranged marriage. This shouldn't surprise her, as it is most likely one of the most normal things in the world where and when she lives, and her own marriage to Shang for love is probably a huge exception. Especially considering that [[Disney/{{Mulan}} [[WesternAnimation/{{Mulan}} the first film]] begins with Mulan flubbing her meeting with the Matchmaker in an attempt to get an arranged marriage ''herself''. That's why [[FanonDiscontinuity fans don't really talk about the sequel.]]

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': Tritons are a kind of merfolk who are Lawful Good and spend most of their time battling extradimensional threats to the world's oceans. Unfortunately, since deep ocean isn't an environment well-known to other races, merfolk are unpleasantly surprised to find that no one from the surface has heard about or even cares about their (genuine) accomplishments despite it being obvious why they're unheard of.
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** This is especially strange since she is an anthropologist, meaning she studies cultures, both past and present. And yet she's completely ignorant of her own culture. When they go to New Jersey, she treats the local crows like a backward tribe of some sort, claiming to have watched something on TV about this culture (i.e. ''Series/JerseyShore'') and tries to put some of the "rituals" she saw to use. Booth is both confused and embarrassed.

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** This is especially strange since she is an anthropologist, meaning she studies cultures, both past and present. And yet she's completely ignorant of her own culture. When they go to New Jersey, she treats the local crows locals like a backward tribe of some sort, claiming to have watched something on TV about this culture (i.e. ''Series/JerseyShore'') and tries to put some of the "rituals" she saw to use. Booth is both confused and embarrassed.


* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. At least Naruto himself is a dumbass, but one wonders exactly what they've been studying for years prior to the beginning of the show since ''every single thing'' needs to be explained.
** Naruto didn't just skip classes, he put his ninja skills to use in order to ''escape'' in the middle of lessons. He also grew up as a social outcast. His lack of knowledge is actually partially justified.
*** The ''other'' characters, though, have no excuse for their apparent lack of knowledge about the abilities of the other clans from their own village, which is most evident during the Chuunin Exam arc.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
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At least Naruto himself is a dumbass, but one wonders exactly what they've been studying for years prior to the beginning of the show since ''every single thing'' needs to be explained.
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explained. Naruto didn't just skip classes, he put his ninja skills to use in order to ''escape'' in the middle of lessons. He also grew up as a social outcast. His lack of knowledge is actually his case is partially justified.
*** ** The ''other'' characters, though, have no excuse for their apparent lack of knowledge about the abilities of the other clans from their own village, which is most evident during the Chuunin Exam arc.



* Exists in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', as the anime is about American football, something relatively unknown in Japan. One big example is a news reporter who came to the Devil Bats vs. White Knights game solely to cover athlete/model Haruto Sakuraba, and kept asking questions about how things worked. And on more than occasion an outsider has mistaken the game for rugby. Additionally, NASA Aliens receiver Jeremy Watt is an OccidentalOtaku whose actual knowledge of Japanese language and culture is extremely limited, and often hilariously flawed.
** The fact that it's set in Japan justifies a lot of the explanations given in the story. The commentators, for example, are mostly there to explain basic rules to the audience (in-story), who often mistake the game for rugby. Had the story taken place in America or been aimed at Americans, having to explain something as basic as "what is a touchdown" would seem downright insulting.
** Jeremy Watt, however, is just a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.

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* Exists in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', ''Manga/Eyeshield21'', as the anime is about American football, something relatively unknown in Japan. One big example is a news reporter who came to the Devil Bats vs. White Knights game solely to cover athlete/model Haruto Sakuraba, and kept asking questions about how things worked. And on more than occasion an outsider has mistaken the game for rugby. Additionally, NASA Aliens receiver Jeremy Watt is an OccidentalOtaku whose actual knowledge of Japanese language and culture is extremely limited, and often hilariously flawed.
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flawed. The fact that it's set in Japan justifies a lot of the explanations given in the story. The commentators, for example, are mostly there to explain basic rules to the audience (in-story), who often mistake the game for rugby. Had the story taken place in America or been aimed at Americans, having to explain something as basic as "what is a touchdown" would seem downright insulting.
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insulting. Jeremy Watt, however, is just a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.



* ''FanFic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness:'' Alice realizes this about Coop when he, not only as a visitor to her home but also to Gensokyo as a whole, gave her something to drink instead of the other way around.

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* ''FanFic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness:'' ''Fanfic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness:'' Alice realizes this about Coop when he, not only as a visitor to her home but also to Gensokyo as a whole, gave her something to drink instead of the other way around.



-->'''Flynn''': They're new to life and they're still learning the system. Given time, they'll integrate. I'm sure of it.
-->'''Tron:''': You are sure?
-->'''Flynn:''' Dude, how awkward was I when I first got zapped in here?
-->'''Tron:''' Let's see? First words out of your mouth were blasphemy, you completely ignored the rules of the light-cycle matches, you had no idea what to do with an energy spring, and you made a pass at Yori.

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-->'''Flynn''': -->'''Flynn:''' They're new to life and they're still learning the system. Given time, they'll integrate. I'm sure of it.
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You are sure?
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Dude, how awkward was I when I first got zapped in here?
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Let's see? First words out of your mouth were blasphemy, you completely ignored the rules of the light-cycle matches, you had no idea what to do with an energy spring, and you made a pass at Yori.



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* In ''Disney/MulanII'', Mulan is shocked when she hears that three princesses have been betrothed in an arranged marriage. This shouldn't surprise her, as it is most likely one of the most normal things in the world where and when she lives, and her own marriage to Shang for love is probably a huge exception. Especially considering that [[Disney/{{Mulan}} the first film]] begins with Mulan flubbing her meeting with the Matchmaker in an attempt to get an arranged marriage ''herself''. That's why [[FanonDiscontinuity fans don't really talk about the sequel.]]
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* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', Omega Zell wants to become the next top player of the game, and part of his plan is to join his faction's top guild. However, he has several times shown to completely ignore the requirments to join beyond being level 100, such as actually learning high-level play strategies, having the best gear he can manage and being maxed out at the game's reputation system. There has been an occasion or two upon which his rival in all but name Gaea has shown to know more about these requirements than he does.
* Although alot of the characters in ''WebVideo/DeagleNation'' are slightly oblivious of other cultures, Eli is so culture blind that he barely seems to understand his own culture.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', Omega Zell wants to become the next top player of the game, and part of his plan is to join his faction's top guild. However, he has several times shown to completely ignore the requirments requirements to join beyond being level 100, such as actually learning high-level play strategies, having the best gear he can manage and being maxed out at the game's reputation system. There has been an occasion or two upon which his rival in all but name Gaea has shown to know more about these requirements than he does.
* Although alot of the characters in ''WebVideo/DeagleNation'' are slightly oblivious of other cultures, Eli is so culture blind culture-blind that he barely seems to understand his own culture.




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* In ''Disney/MulanII'', Mulan is shocked when she hears that three princesses have been betrothed in an arranged marriage. This shouldn't surprise her, as it is most likely one of the most normal things in the world where and when she lives, and her own marriage to Shang for love is probably a huge exception.
** Especially considering that [[Disney/{{Mulan}} the first film]] begins with Mulan flubbing her meeting with the Matchmaker in an attempt to get an arranged marriage ''herself''. That's why [[FanonDiscontinuity fans don't really talk about the sequel.]]
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* {{Conversed}} in ''Fanfic/ThroughADiamondSky'' when Flynn is assuring Tron that the Isos mean no harm, they're still learning.
-->'''Flynn''': They're new to life and they're still learning the system. Given time, they'll integrate. I'm sure of it.
-->'''Tron:''': You are sure?
-->'''Flynn:''' Dude, how awkward was I when I first got zapped in here?
-->'''Tron:''' Let's see? First words out of your mouth were blasphemy, you completely ignored the rules of the light-cycle matches, you had no idea what to do with an energy spring, and you made a pass at Yori.


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** Especially considering that the first film begins with Mulan flubbing her meeting with the Matchmaker in an attempt to get an arranged marriage ''herself''. That's why [[FanonDisContinuity fans don't really talk about the sequel.]]

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** Especially considering that [[Disney/{{Mulan}} the first film film]] begins with Mulan flubbing her meeting with the Matchmaker in an attempt to get an arranged marriage ''herself''. That's why [[FanonDisContinuity [[FanonDiscontinuity fans don't really talk about the sequel.]]


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* Mr. Miyagi of ''Film/TheKarateKid'' movies is an example of this trope to an extent. In the first movie, having him use broken English was acceptable because we didn't get to learn very much about him beyond being the wise old Asian man who helps the main character learn self-confidence as well as self-defense. After learning in the second movie that he emigrated to the USA at the age of 18, 45 years earlier, his broken English makes quite a bit less sense. On the flipside, there is a layer of TruthInTelevision there, as it is a well-established phenomenon that some people just have zero linguistic aptitudes, and will keep their broken speech-patterns even if they can understand a second language just fine.

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* Mr. Miyagi of ''Film/TheKarateKid'' movies is an A rather fatal example comes from the series ''Literature/TheTamuli'' by Creator/DavidEddings. The church of Elenia continuously sends missionaries to the Rendors in order to try to convert them to their beliefs. Mind you, the Rendors aren't bad people, but they take their religion ''very'' seriously, and while they usually don't go around slaughtering nonbelievers, they are very easily angered, especially when it comes to religion. And unfortunately, the missionaries that the Elenes send tend to be the screaming zealot type, and go around ripping the veils off of women, and screaming that they're all heretics and damned to burn in hell. The end result is a small riot, and a lynched missionary, for very obvious reasons.
** One knight, who had been assigned to be the bodyguard of a missionary that ended up
this trope to an extent. In the first movie, having him use broken English way, was acceptable because we asked why he didn't get to learn very much about him beyond being stop the wise old Asian man who helps the main character learn self-confidence as well as self-defense. After learning in the second movie crowd from lynching his charge. His reply is that he emigrated was supposed to protect the USA at man from ''unprovoked'' attacks, and when a man runs through the age streets of 18, 45 years earlier, his broken English makes quite a bit less sense. On foreign city, ripping the flipside, there is a layer veils off of TruthInTelevision there, as it is a well-established phenomenon women, and screaming out that some people just have zero linguistic aptitudes, they're all heretics, he's not only provoked them, but is obviously [[TooDumbToLive too stupid]] to risk himself and will keep their broken speech-patterns even if they can understand a second language just fine.his men trying to save him.



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* A rather fatal example comes from the series ''Literature/TheTamuli'' by Creator/DavidEddings. The church of Elenia continuously sends missionaries to the Rendors in order to try to convert them to their beliefs. Mind you, the Rendors aren't bad people, but they take their religion ''very'' seriously, and while they usually don't go around slaughtering nonbelievers, they are very easily angered, especially when it comes to religion. And unfortunately, the missionaries that the Elenes send tend to be the screaming zealot type, and go around ripping the veils off of women, and screaming that they're all heretics and damned to burn in hell. The end result is a small riot, and a lynched missionary, for very obvious reasons.
** One knight, who had been assigned to be the bodyguard of a missionary that ended up this way, was asked why he didn't stop the crowd from lynching his charge. His reply is that he was supposed to protect the man from ''unprovoked'' attacks, and when a man runs through the streets of a foreign city, ripping the veils off of women, and screaming out that they're all heretics, he's not only provoked them, but is obviously [[TooDumbToLive too stupid]] to risk himself and his men trying to save him.
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* ''FanFic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness:'' Alice realizes this about Coop when he, not only as a visitor to her home but also to Gensokyo as a whole, gave her something to drink instead of the other way around.
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** This is especially strange since she is an anthropologist, meaning she studies cultures, both past and present. And yet she's completely ignorant of her own culture. When they go to New Jersey, she treats the local crows like a backward tribe of some sort, claiming to have watched something on TV about this culture (i.e. ''JerseyShore'') and tries to put some of the "rituals" she saw to use. Booth is both confused and embarrassed.

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** This is especially strange since she is an anthropologist, meaning she studies cultures, both past and present. And yet she's completely ignorant of her own culture. When they go to New Jersey, she treats the local crows like a backward tribe of some sort, claiming to have watched something on TV about this culture (i.e. ''JerseyShore'') ''Series/JerseyShore'') and tries to put some of the "rituals" she saw to use. Booth is both confused and embarrassed.

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* Similarly to Gino, Louise from ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' knows just as little about civilian life, as she comes from a noble family and lived either on their estate or attended a WizardingSchool which is also exclusively for nobles who show little to no interest in the non-noble parts of the staff. This actually does come back to haunt her when she blows all her traveling money in a casino and has to take up a job as a waitress in a not-entirely-clean café/bar - and fails miserably at it.


*** Alternatively, his attitude is fairly standard for a [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong stereotypical]] [[RussianGuySuffersMost Russian]], and his adoptive parents are indeed Russian.

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*** Alternatively, his attitude is fairly standard for a [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong stereotypical]] [[RussianGuySuffersMost Russian]], and his adoptive parents are indeed Russian. Although the particular Russians that adopted him, are ''still'' nothing like him.

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