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** After discovering that [[spoiler:Lotus's]] death had happened recently, Junpei fails to realize that the floor they were on had only one elevator to serve as the only entrance/exit. And since he didn't bump into anyone on the way down, the killer was still on the floor. [[CaptainObvious Guess what]] [[TooDumbToLive happens to Junpei next...]]

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** After discovering that [[spoiler:Lotus's]] death had happened recently, Junpei fails to realize that the floor they were on had only one elevator to serve as the only entrance/exit. And since he didn't bump into anyone on the way down, the killer was still on the floor. [[CaptainObvious Guess what]] what [[TooDumbToLive happens to Junpei next...]]


* During the 2008 US presidential election, a staffer for Republican nominee John [=McCain=]'s campaign tried to smear Democratic nominee Barack Obama's campaign by claiming that she was assaulted by an Obama staffer, who drew a "B" on her cheek, until it was pointed out that the "B" was ''backward'', suggesting that she drew the "B" herself while looking in a mirror. She promptly dropped the accusation.

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* During the 2008 US presidential election, a staffer for Republican nominee John [=McCain=]'s campaign tried to smear Democratic nominee Barack Obama's UsefulNotes/BarackObama's campaign by claiming that she was assaulted by an Obama staffer, who drew a "B" on her cheek, until it was pointed out that the "B" was ''backward'', suggesting that she drew the "B" herself while looking in a mirror. She promptly dropped the accusation.


* In one Sunday ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strip, Charlie Brown and Lucy are talking about a museum exhibit she went to while drinking lemonade, when Snoopy comes up behind and takes a sip of hers. She doesn't notice, even as she resumes sipping it, but Charlie Brown sure does, and is noticeably squicked. Eventually, Lucy tells him, [[PunchLine "You know, it's hard to talk while you keep making those weird faces!"]]

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* In one Sunday ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strip, Charlie Brown and Lucy are talking about a museum exhibit she went to while drinking lemonade, lemonade when Snoopy comes up behind and takes a sip of hers. She doesn't notice, even as she resumes sipping it, but Charlie Brown sure does, does and is noticeably squicked. Eventually, Lucy tells him, [[PunchLine "You know, it's hard to talk while you keep making those weird faces!"]]



* During Marisa's battle against Cirno in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/AverageJoeInBulletHell'', she begins shooting off repeated Master Sparks. She stops firing after a while to take a breather, but finds out that the one tree that ''wasn't'' blown up was where Cirno was hiding.

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* During Marisa's battle against Cirno in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/AverageJoeInBulletHell'', she begins shooting off repeated Master Sparks. She stops firing after a while to take a breather, breather but finds out that the one tree that ''wasn't'' blown up was where Cirno was hiding.



** After consummating his relationship with Celestia in ''[[FanFic/TheNonBronyverse TD the Alicorn Princess]]'', TD somehow fails to notice her lying in his bed when waking up the morning after. After eventually noticing, he ends up wondering what she's doing there, before the memories come back.

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** After consummating his relationship with Celestia in ''[[FanFic/TheNonBronyverse TD the Alicorn Princess]]'', TD somehow fails to notice her lying in his bed when waking up the morning after. After eventually noticing, he ends up wondering what she's doing there, there before the memories come back.



* First in the second Chapter 14 of ''Fanfic/SupperSmashBrosMishonhFromGod'' with the entire British Military coming "outta nowere". Despite [[AnachronismStew behaving like they did in in American Revolution]] with marching in straight rows and having drummer boys keeping them in rhythm. Later, in Chapter 16, Mao Zedong shows up riding FREAKIN GODZILLA despite Sara not seeing anything seconds earlier and being on "hi alurt".

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* First in the second Chapter 14 of ''Fanfic/SupperSmashBrosMishonhFromGod'' with the entire British Military coming "outta nowere". Despite [[AnachronismStew behaving like as they did in in American Revolution]] with marching in straight rows and having drummer boys keeping them in rhythm. Later, in Chapter 16, Mao Zedong shows up riding FREAKIN GODZILLA despite Sara not seeing anything seconds earlier and being on "hi alurt".



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', Jazz is stationed on Moonbase One and yells out "Where'd that come from?!" when Unicron attacks. Unicron is the size of a huge freaking planet. How could Jazz have missed that even if he wasn't monitoring the sensors? This is apparently a specialty of Unicron's, since he pulled it at the beginning of the movie- he wasn't noticed by the first planet he attacked until he was practically within chomping distance, and he also pulled it off in the Marvel Transformers comic run (see above).

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', Jazz is stationed on Moonbase One and yells out "Where'd that come from?!" when Unicron attacks. Unicron is the size of a huge freaking planet. How could Jazz have missed that even if he wasn't monitoring the sensors? This is apparently a specialty of Unicron's, Unicron's since he pulled it at the beginning of the movie- he wasn't noticed by the first planet he attacked until he was practically within chomping distance, and he also pulled it off in the Marvel Transformers comic run (see above).



* A boy in one ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'' book is notorious for this. Narration mentions that he once hired the title character to find his wristwatch, when it was on his other wrist the whole time.

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* A boy in one ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'' book is notorious for this. Narration The narration mentions that he once hired the title character to find his wristwatch, wristwatch when it was on his other wrist the whole time.



* Franchise/SherlockHolmes never had this problem, and was in fact the [[HyperAwareness polar opposite]], but Watson often seems oblivious to the most thuddingly obvious clues. The level of obliviousness varies depending on the particular portrayal, being fairly low in the original stories, but [[{{Flanderization}} played up]] by Nigel Bruce. In the original stories, Watson just doesn't make logical conclusions in ways that would solve crimes. Holmes usually asks Watson to come with him when there is a slim chance of sudden assault. With firearms. At night. Watson, when prompted by Holmes, can be said to make quite a lot of intelligent and observational jumps -- and in stories like ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'', where he has to function in Holmes' absence, he is nonetheless very effective at helping Holmes. He's good — Holmes is just so much better.

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* Franchise/SherlockHolmes never had this problem, and was was, in fact fact, the [[HyperAwareness polar opposite]], but Watson often seems oblivious to the most thuddingly obvious clues. The level of obliviousness varies depending on the particular portrayal, being fairly low in the original stories, but [[{{Flanderization}} played up]] by Nigel Bruce. In the original stories, Watson just doesn't make logical conclusions in ways that would solve crimes. Holmes usually asks Watson to come with him when there is a slim chance of sudden assault. With firearms. At night. Watson, when prompted by Holmes, can be said to make quite a lot of intelligent and observational jumps -- and in stories like ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'', where he has to function in Holmes' absence, he is nonetheless very effective at helping Holmes. He's good — Holmes is just so much better.



** In the ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries X-Wing Series]]'', Wedge is preparing to depart on a mission where he is disguised as Han Solo. He is travelling on an imitation of the ''Millennium Falcon'' dubbed the ''Millennium Falsehood'' and has Chewbacca along to fly and help maintain the charade. Literally minutes before launch, Wes Janson points out to Wedge the minor detail that has been overlooked:

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** In the ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries X-Wing Series]]'', Wedge is preparing to depart on a mission where he is disguised as Han Solo. He is travelling traveling on an imitation of the ''Millennium Falcon'' dubbed the ''Millennium Falsehood'' and has Chewbacca along to fly and help maintain the charade. Literally minutes before launch, Wes Janson points out to Wedge the minor detail that has been overlooked:



* All over the place in ''Radio/BleakExpectations'', usually for the purposes of humour.

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* All over the place in ''Radio/BleakExpectations'', usually for the purposes of humour.humor.



** The Chicago Bears were set to return a punt, they placed their two best returners (Devin Hester and Johnny Knox) back to receive the punt. The ball is kicked, a few seconds later, Hester took off up the field, moving towards the left sideline. Every player on the field followed him to block for him, or to stop him. Every player except one, that is; Johnny Knox was the one who ''actually'' caught the ball and streaked up the right sideline to the opposing endzone. Too bad the play was called back because of a holding penalty on a different Bear.

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** The Chicago Bears were set to return a punt, they placed their two best returners (Devin Hester and Johnny Knox) back to receive the punt. The ball is kicked, a few seconds later, Hester took off up the field, moving towards the left sideline. Every player on the field followed him to block for him, him or to stop him. Every player except one, that is; Johnny Knox was the one who ''actually'' caught the ball and streaked up the right sideline to the opposing endzone. Too bad the play was called back because of a holding penalty on a different Bear.



** It happened again in a game in 2014 between the Seattle Seahawks and the St. Louis Rams. On a punt by the Seahawks, primary return man Tavon Austin drifted to his left, frantically moving around as if he had trouble locating the punt against the background of the stadium's domed ceiling. The Rams players moved to block for him, and the Seahawks moved to follow. Unnoticed by nearly everyone was wideout Stedman Bailey, who caught the punt on the ''right'' side of the field, than ran up the sideline while most of the Seahawks were oblivious. He too scored a touchdown, and unlike the Bears example, there was no penalty on the play.

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** It happened again in a game in 2014 between the Seattle Seahawks and the St. Louis Rams. On a punt by the Seahawks, primary return man Tavon Austin drifted to his left, frantically moving around as if he had trouble locating the punt against the background of the stadium's domed ceiling. The Rams players moved to block for him, and the Seahawks moved to follow. Unnoticed by nearly everyone was wideout Stedman Bailey, who caught the punt on the ''right'' side of the field, than then ran up the sideline while most of the Seahawks were oblivious. He too scored a touchdown, and unlike the Bears example, there was no penalty on the play.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Scrabble}}''. Seriously, how many times did you have the letters to make a high-scoring word but didn't notice it. (Homer had this problem in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E2BartTheGenius Bart the Genius]]", where he didn't realize he could have spelled "oxidize".)

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Scrabble}}''. Seriously, how many times did you have the letters to make a high-scoring word but didn't notice it. it? (Homer had this problem in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E2BartTheGenius Bart the Genius]]", where he didn't realize he could have spelled "oxidize".)



** General Stanley rolls a 1 about six times on his spot check during "Sighing Softly to the River" in the climax. He fails to notice the roughly two dozen pirates and policemen who are not only hiding (poorly) in his garden, but are actually ''[[WithCatlikeTread singing along with him]]''.

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** General Stanley rolls a 1 about six times on his spot check during "Sighing Softly to the River" in the climax. He fails to notice the roughly two dozen pirates and policemen who are not only hiding (poorly) in his garden, garden but are actually ''[[WithCatlikeTread singing along with him]]''.



* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'': You could be forgiven for thinking that the prosecutor's office and the police force both go out of their way to hire people who are guaranteed to fail spot checks, as the only way to win is to find evidence that the prosecution missed or a conflict between testimony given and evidence. Sometimes {{justified|Trope}}, but it can reach the ridiculous: at various points, you'll wind up retrieving murder weapons, security camera footage, and evidence left for over a month that's immediately visible as crucial to the case. In the second case of the first game, you will have to remind a ''detective'' of the victim's cause of death and the fact that the death was immediate (to be fair, this is Gumshoe we're talking about). Later games [[LampshadeHanging lampshade the process]]. The series takes an aversion in ''Apollo Justice'', when both the new prosecutor and detective begin by taking a [[DumbassNoMore level up]] before [[UpToEleven advancing]].

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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'': You could be forgiven for thinking that the prosecutor's office and the police force both go out of their way to hire people who are guaranteed to fail spot checks, as the only way to win is to find evidence that the prosecution missed or a conflict between testimony given and evidence. Sometimes {{justified|Trope}}, but it can reach the ridiculous: at various points, you'll wind up retrieving murder weapons, security camera footage, and evidence left for over a month that's immediately visible as crucial to the case. In the second case of the first game, you will have to remind a ''detective'' of the victim's cause of death and the fact that the death was immediate (to be fair, this is Gumshoe we're talking about). Later games [[LampshadeHanging lampshade the process]]. The series takes an aversion in ''Apollo Justice'', Justice'' when both the new prosecutor and detective begin by taking a [[DumbassNoMore level up]] before [[UpToEleven advancing]].



** Happens more than once in the Submarine ending. Upon seeing [[spoiler:Santa, Ace, and Clover]] lying dead on the ground, Lotus immediately points out they should leave before the killer returns. However, they don't check to see if the victims' bracelets are still on (they fall off if the wearer dies), and don't realize [[spoiler:Ace was still alive]]. Later on, Junpei fails to notice that some of them disappeared from ''right next to him''. Given the shock that the characters go through at these discoveries though, it's justified that they aren't paying a ton of attention to relatively minor details.

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** Happens more than once in the Submarine ending. Upon seeing [[spoiler:Santa, Ace, and Clover]] lying dead on the ground, Lotus immediately points out they should leave before the killer returns. However, they don't check to see if the victims' bracelets are still on (they fall off if the wearer dies), dies) and don't realize [[spoiler:Ace was still alive]]. Later on, Junpei fails to notice that some of them disappeared from ''right next to him''. Given the shock that the characters go through at these discoveries though, it's justified that they aren't paying a ton of attention to relatively minor details.



** Salamanders somehow completely miss a giant, earth-shaking tank rolling right past them, as well as several brightly-coloured Ultramarines accompanying it. It later becomes a RunningGag that Salamanders are nearly deaf, which is why they all speak with a deep booming voice, and that [[InvincibleHero some cosmic force is making it so that the Ultramarines always succeed at what they're doing,]] [[BeyondTheImpossible no matter how impossible it is.]]

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** Salamanders somehow completely miss a giant, earth-shaking tank rolling right past them, as well as several brightly-coloured brightly-colored Ultramarines accompanying it. It later becomes a RunningGag that Salamanders are nearly deaf, which is why they all speak with a deep booming voice, and that [[InvincibleHero some cosmic force is making it so that the Ultramarines always succeed at what they're doing,]] [[BeyondTheImpossible no matter how impossible it is.]]



* In Machinima series ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' Badass ActionGirl heroine Tex at one point says she is going to go take out a small army of mooks. Knowing that she is a StealthExpert the audience naturally expects her to move in ninja style and take them on one at a time. Instead she picks a single target and starts thrashing him loudly and in full view. The sentries watching guard continue their inane conversation, even raising their voices to be heard over the screams of their distressed comrade who is right behind them.

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* In Machinima series ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' Badass ActionGirl heroine Tex at one point says she is going to go take out a small army of mooks. Knowing that she is a StealthExpert the audience naturally expects her to move in ninja style and take them on one at a time. Instead Instead, she picks a single target and starts thrashing him loudly and in full view. The sentries watching guard continue their inane conversation, even raising their voices to be heard over the screams of their distressed comrade who is right behind them.



** It's implied that Equius's "Heir of Void" power amounts to being able to make things impossible to spot check. This can range from [[{{Squick}} pixellization on musclebeast penises]] to [[spoiler:hiding something from the omniscient view of a god]]. Specifically, it was implied with his Ancestor [[AwesomeMcCoolname Darkleer]], who had the ability of the Void.

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** It's implied that Equius's "Heir of Void" power amounts to being able to make things impossible to spot check. This can range from [[{{Squick}} pixellization pixelization on musclebeast penises]] to [[spoiler:hiding something from the omniscient view of a god]]. Specifically, it was implied with his Ancestor [[AwesomeMcCoolname Darkleer]], who had the ability of the Void.



* The ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' crew does this once. Somehow they fails to notice [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/417 the dragon]] perched conspicuously atop the spire in the middle of the cavern while they go down into the crater to [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/419 play with the eggs]]. [[TooDumbToLive Oops.]] Apparently, it was a statue before they touched the eggs.

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* The ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' crew does this once. Somehow they fails fail to notice [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/417 the dragon]] perched conspicuously atop the spire in the middle of the cavern while they go down into the crater to [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/419 play with the eggs]]. [[TooDumbToLive Oops.]] Apparently, it was a statue before they touched the eggs.



** [[TropeNamers Belkar]] does this so often it's become a RunningGag, which the characters hang lampshades on. A JustifiedTrope, given that Wisdom, which Spot and Listen checks are based on, is his DumpStat. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0003.html He misses an army of ninjas]] while they are talking to him. To his credit Haley and V fail their spot checks as well, and Belkar is alerted to the presence of ''something'' because while he's not aware of the ninjas, [[MediumAwareness he's aware of his own failed spot checks.]]

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** [[TropeNamers Belkar]] does this so often it's become a RunningGag, which the characters hang lampshades on. A JustifiedTrope, given that Wisdom, which Spot and Listen checks are based on, is his DumpStat. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0003.html He misses an army of ninjas]] while they are talking to him. To his credit credit, Haley and V fail their spot checks as well, and Belkar is alerted to the presence of ''something'' because while he's not aware of the ninjas, [[MediumAwareness he's aware of his own failed spot checks.]]



** Subverted in "The Research and Development Wars": Torg tells a story about the architect who designed the building they're now in and, due to having made its core into some kind of an inescapable Möbius strip shape, was trapped there forever. Zoë asks where he is now if that's the case. Torg points to a skeleton sitting right next to her. She states that she "totally thought he was part of [their] team" -- which while she was away had come to actually include a vampire and a [[ItMakesSenseInContext zombie head on a stick]].

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** Subverted in "The Research and Development Wars": Torg tells a story about the architect who designed the building they're now in and, due to having made its core into some kind of an inescapable Möbius strip shape, shape was trapped there forever. Zoë asks where he is now if that's the case. Torg points to a skeleton sitting right next to her. She states that she "totally thought he was part of [their] team" -- which while she was away had come to actually include a vampire and a [[ItMakesSenseInContext zombie head on a stick]].



** [[https://notalwaysright.com/your-health-is-bananas/ This fruit fanatic]] failed to notice they were allergic to bananas, until they mentioned the sour, burning sensation they loved to their friends.

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** [[https://notalwaysright.com/your-health-is-bananas/ This fruit fanatic]] failed to notice they were allergic to bananas, bananas until they mentioned the sour, burning sensation they loved to their friends.



** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}ed this during their Let's Play of ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', when a giant Covenant capitol ship destroys a human ship idly floating below it.

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** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}ed this during their Let's Play of ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' when a giant Covenant capitol ship destroys a human ship idly floating below it.



** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGpVpsaItpU Girl falls into fountain while texting.]]

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGpVpsaItpU Girl falls into a fountain while texting.]]



** For example, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Airlines_Flight_006 one notable case]] had a 747 pilot focusing on his airspeed indicator because of an engine problems and failing to notice his attitude indicator, ''right beside the instrument he was looking at'' indicated the plane was about to go into a diving barrel-roll.

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** For example, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Airlines_Flight_006 one notable case]] had a 747 pilot focusing on his airspeed indicator because of an engine problems and failing to notice his attitude indicator, ''right beside the instrument he was looking at'' indicated the plane was about to go into a diving barrel-roll.



* This is also a problem with pathologists, as sometimes they can get so focused in looking for signs of one disease that they completely miss the signs of another disease present. In one experiment, radiologists were asked to examine a picture of a liver, all of them noticed the cancerous tumour, but [[http://io9.com/5983893/radiologists-fail-miserably-on-the-invisible-gorilla-test-when-screening-for-cancer 83% of them failed to notice that someone drew a picture of a chimp onto the tissue]].

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* This is also a problem with pathologists, as sometimes they can get so focused in looking for signs of one disease that they completely miss the signs of another disease present. In one experiment, radiologists were asked to examine a picture of a liver, all of them noticed the cancerous tumour, tumor, but [[http://io9.com/5983893/radiologists-fail-miserably-on-the-invisible-gorilla-test-when-screening-for-cancer 83% of them failed to notice that someone drew a picture of a chimp onto the tissue]].



** Derren Brown loves doing this even using the gorilla trick in a show, on quite a small stage. Also managed to replace people right in front of their eyes without them noticing by having them focus on the map and giving directions. It must be noted that Brown usually emphasizes the ''psychology'' of his 'magic tricks' rather than spectacle or sleight of hand as a way of demonstrating the interesting ways the human mind works and the strange exploits that can be performed on it. And not just similar people, he switched out people of different races and sexes. Derren Brown was able to convince someone to take money-shaped pieces of blank paper as money and walk out of the store with a $2200 gold bracelet[[note]] he later returned it, almost thirty minutes later, at which point he had to ''point out'' that the money was fake[[/note]], asked to view a man's very expensive watch and then calmly walked away with it[[note]] the man watched him go for about a minute before realizing something was wrong[[/note]], and not only convinced a woman that the color yellow was in fact red, but then asked to see her ''red'' car, which she was absolutely convinced someone had painted ''yellow''.

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** Derren Brown loves doing this even using the gorilla trick in a show, on quite a small stage. Also managed to replace people right in front of their eyes without them noticing by having them focus on the map and giving directions. It must be noted that Brown usually emphasizes the ''psychology'' of his 'magic tricks' rather than spectacle or sleight of hand as a way of demonstrating the interesting ways the human mind works and the strange exploits that can be performed on it. And not just similar people, he switched out people of different races and sexes. Derren Brown was able to convince someone to take money-shaped pieces of blank paper as money and walk out of the store with a $2200 gold bracelet[[note]] he later returned it, almost thirty minutes later, at which point he had to ''point out'' that the money was fake[[/note]], asked to view a man's very expensive watch and then calmly walked away with it[[note]] the man watched him go for about a minute before realizing something was wrong[[/note]], and not only convinced a woman that the color yellow was was, in fact red, fact, red but then asked to see her ''red'' car, which she was absolutely convinced someone had painted ''yellow''.



* Wearing a helmet makes soldiers more likely to be shot because helmets block peripheral vision. Modern helmets do not actually block peripheral vision, but do distort and block sound, which reduces awareness. Some helmets have a design to leave the ears open to avoid this. Wearing tactical goggles, night vision goggles or gas masks however does indeed block peripheral vision.

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* Wearing a helmet makes soldiers more likely to be shot because helmets block peripheral vision. Modern helmets do not actually block peripheral vision, vision but do distort and block sound, which reduces awareness. Some helmets have a design to leave the ears open to avoid this. Wearing tactical goggles, night vision goggles or gas masks however masks, however, does indeed block peripheral vision.



** The dazzle paint used on ships in WWII was intended not to make ships hard to see, but to make it hard to judge the shape of the ship. This made it more difficult to determine the type of ship and its range, heading, and speed.

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** The dazzle paint used on ships in WWII was intended not to make ships hard to see, see but to make it hard to judge the shape of the ship. This made it more difficult to determine the type of ship and its range, heading, and speed.



** You might not think an animal is especially camouflaged if you are looking at it directly, and odds are a predator won't be fooled either, but if the camouflage only stops them from being noticed for a split second out of the corner of a predator's eye(s), it's still worth it.

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** You might not think an animal is especially specially camouflaged if you are looking at it directly, and odds are a predator won't be fooled either, but if the camouflage only stops them from being noticed for a split second out of the corner of a predator's eye(s), it's still worth it.



* Everyone when looking for their keys, wallet, cell phone, remote, glasses, etc. Especially when actually holding it (i.e. looking for a phone while complaining to a friend about it on said phone, listening to music while looking for mp3 player playing said music, or wondering where one's glasses are while not noticing how suddenly clear everything is). More than one hilarious screencap has shown up on the internet of a person who texts their friend, telling said friend to call their phone because they can't find it. Or forgetting the blindingly obvious, such as suddenly being alarmed by thinking one has forgotten his/her keys, while driving. Showcased in [[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/index.php?comic=031411 this]] ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'' strip. Polish verse ''Okulary'' (''[[http://blogs.transparent.com/polish/okulary-by-julian-tuwim/ Glasses]]'') by Creator/JulianTuwim refers to it: "Mister Hilary runs and screams: “Where on Earth could my glasses be?” (...) Eureka! Though who would ever suppose, His glasses are on his very own nose."

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* Everyone when looking for their keys, wallet, cell phone, remote, glasses, etc. Especially when actually holding it (i.e. looking for a phone while complaining to a friend about it on said phone, listening to music while looking for mp3 player playing said music, or wondering where one's glasses are while not noticing how suddenly clear everything is). More than one hilarious screencap has shown up on the internet of a person who texts their friend, telling said friend to call their phone because they can't find it. Or forgetting the blindingly obvious, such as suddenly being alarmed by thinking one has forgotten his/her keys, keys while driving. Showcased in [[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/index.php?comic=031411 this]] ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'' strip. Polish verse ''Okulary'' (''[[http://blogs.transparent.com/polish/okulary-by-julian-tuwim/ Glasses]]'') by Creator/JulianTuwim refers to it: "Mister Hilary runs and screams: “Where on Earth could my glasses be?” (...) Eureka! Though who would ever suppose, His glasses are on his very own nose."



* In school, how many times have you heard someone forgot to write their name on a paper? A common "prank" that teachers pull on their students is to have a test that requires them to do random things like unscramble a word or start doing jumping jacks. What the missing component is tends to be the student failing to read the instructions, which commonly requires ''only for the student to read the "questions" and answer only the last''.

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* In school, how many times have you heard someone forgot to write their name on a paper? A common "prank" that teachers pull on their students is to have a test that requires them to do random things like unscramble a word or start doing jumping jacks. What the missing component is tends to be the student failing to read the instructions, which commonly requires ''only for the student to read the "questions" and answer only the last''.



* When you get on a chairlift, you must move forward to the loading line immediately at the point the chair passes the wait line, if you don't want the chair to clobber you. All too often, falls at the loading area are caused by inattentive people who either fail to judge how fast they need to move to the loading line, or are distracted by talking to someone else. Falls unloading the lift are likely caused similarly by someone failing to notice that you need to have your ski or board tips facing up at an angle to hit the ramp.

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* When you get on a chairlift, you must move forward to the loading line immediately at the point the chair passes the wait waiting line, if you don't want the chair to clobber you. All too often, falls at the loading area are caused by inattentive people who either fail to judge how fast they need to move to the loading line, line or are distracted by talking to someone else. Falls unloading the lift are likely caused similarly by someone failing to notice that you need to have your ski or board tips facing up at an angle to hit the ramp.



* During the 2008 US presidential election, a staffer for Republican nominee John [=McCain=]'s campaign tried to smear Democratic nominee Barack Obama's campaign by claiming that she was assaulted by an Obama staffer, who drew a "B" on her cheek, until it was pointed out that the "B" was ''backwards'', suggesting that she drew the "B" herself while looking in a mirror. She promptly dropped the accusation.
* Very much present at skydiving, and that is one of the main reasons why parachutes are garishly coloured and the skydivers wear colourful overalls. Collisions in free fall can cause serious injuries or even deaths, and most fatalities are due to inadvertent collisions on canopy ride. The intention of the garish colouring is to warn other skydivers of the presence of yourself, and also to individuate each skydiver. Sadly even despite these measures, accidents due to this trope do happen, and many deaths are due to CFIT (Controlled Flight Into Terrain) [erroneously pronounced as "see-fit"]: the skydiver has concentrated so well on one thing (such as making a good landing) that he has not noticed linear obstacles such as fences, power lines or lamp posts or ground obstacles and ran into them.

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* During the 2008 US presidential election, a staffer for Republican nominee John [=McCain=]'s campaign tried to smear Democratic nominee Barack Obama's campaign by claiming that she was assaulted by an Obama staffer, who drew a "B" on her cheek, until it was pointed out that the "B" was ''backwards'', ''backward'', suggesting that she drew the "B" herself while looking in a mirror. She promptly dropped the accusation.
* Very much present at skydiving, and that is one of the main reasons why parachutes are garishly coloured colored and the skydivers wear colourful colorful overalls. Collisions in free fall can cause serious injuries or even deaths, and most fatalities are due to inadvertent collisions on canopy ride. The intention of the garish colouring coloring is to warn other skydivers of the presence of yourself, and also to individuate each skydiver. Sadly even despite these measures, accidents due to this trope do happen, and many deaths are due to CFIT (Controlled Flight Into Terrain) [erroneously pronounced as "see-fit"]: the skydiver has concentrated so well on one thing (such as making a good landing) that he has not noticed linear obstacles such as fences, power lines or lamp posts or ground obstacles and ran into them.



* Humans naturally tend to fail to check a 45 degree angle above their line of sight. Hiding in this spot and Invoking this trope is an actual ninja technique known as the Tanuki Gakure no Jutsu.

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* Humans naturally tend to fail to check a 45 degree 45-degree angle above their line of sight. Hiding in this spot and Invoking this trope is an actual ninja technique known as the Tanuki Gakure no Jutsu.


* Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson decide to go on a camping trip. After dinner and a bottle of wine, they lie down in their tent for the night, and go to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awakes and nudges his faithful friend.

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* Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson decide to go on a camping trip. After dinner and a bottle of wine, they lie down fall asleep in their tent for the night, and go to sleep.tent. Some hours later, Holmes awakes and nudges his faithful friend.


* Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson decide to go on a camping trip. After dinner and a bottle of wine, they lie down for the night, and go to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awakes and nudges his faithful friend.

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* Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson decide to go on a camping trip. After dinner and a bottle of wine, they lie down in their tent for the night, and go to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awakes and nudges his faithful friend.

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** Works for predators too. [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/leopard_5.jpg This leopard]] could easily be missed until it's too late for its prey, and [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tiger1.jpg this tiger]] is likewise very difficult to spot.

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* This is just one of the myriad of issues plaguing the Syndicate in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension''. One infamous example is that they created and funded [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse Pentex]], which became a hotbed of Nephandic and Wyrmish taint and corruption pretty much immediately, and it took roughly a century before the Syndicate as a whole even realized what happened. While that's perhaps the most blatant example, this trope is consistently a huge issue for them.

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* PlayedForDrama in ''Fanfic/AmazingFantasy''. In her rush to meet up with Martin to participate a raid on a Demons hideout, Melissa [[spoiler:neglected to insert the last two screws of the electric eel cage, which allowed it to shatter and electrocute Max.]]


* Somewhat adverted in a fan film of Uncharted, while Nathan is being beaten while handcuffed to a chair one of the mooks watching notices that the compass they took from him is missing its southern hand. He brings it up but its to late. Nathan has already used it to get free off the handcuffs and starts a brawl with those in the room.

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* Somewhat adverted in In a fan film of Uncharted, ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'', while Nathan is being beaten while handcuffed to a chair chair, one of the mooks watching notices that the compass they took from him is missing its southern hand. He brings it up but its to it's too late. Nathan has already used it to get free off of the handcuffs and starts a brawl with those in the room.



* Something very similar happens in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}''. Shrek sneaks into the factory of the Fairy Godmother, by disguising himself in one of the workers' uniforms. Fine, except the workers are ''gnomes'', he's an ''ogre'', and [[PaperThinDisguise the entire uniform only covers his head.]]

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* Something very similar happens in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}''.''WesternAnimation/Shrek2''. Shrek sneaks into the factory of the Fairy Godmother, by disguising himself in one of the workers' uniforms. Fine, except the workers are ''gnomes'', he's an ''ogre'', and [[PaperThinDisguise the entire uniform only covers his head.]]



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* In ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues'', Hyeon has his headphones in during the MassSuperEmpoweringEvent and is busy putting up flyers. He thus misses the fact that all the doors are locked, {{invisible wall}}s are keeping them trapped in the school, and that he's part of a group of students that [[InvisibleToNormals can't be seen by the teachers]]. When he comes across a group of kids that are freaked out by all of the above, he casually asks them if they can help him put up flyers.
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* In ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'', Mary races her PC down a street to foil a robbery, but rolls a 2 to see if she notices Bill's character riding right to her. That's how Anna in ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' got knocked into the boat.

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* In ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'', Mary races her PC down a street to foil a robbery, but rolls a 2 to see if she notices Bill's character riding right to her. That's how Anna in ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' got knocked into the boat.



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* There is an episode of ''Animation/HappyHeroes'' where Smart S. encounters and chases after a monster that changes its appearance to match whatever object it touches. It touches a street light and turns into said object; Careless S. notices Smart S. chasing after the street lamp while crying that it's a monster, at which point he gets confused since he doesn't realize it's a monster and therefore doesn't see it. You'd think the fact that a ''street lamp'' of all things is even moving by itself at all would tip him off that something's going on.
* ''Animation/{{Lamput}}'': One episode has Fat Doc pop a balloon decoy set up by Lamput, which leads him to believe he's accidentally killed him. Lamput himself appears to give the crying Fat Doc a handkerchief, but Fat Doc fails to notice who gives it to him.
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''[an [[BossInMookClothing Invader]] throws a car off the bridge and heads for Michael]''\\

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* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' Calhoun's backstory is so tragic because [[spoiler:she forgot to do a perimeter check on her wedding day, allowing a Cy-Bug to get in and eat her fiancé]].


* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', Jazz is stationed on Moonbase One and yells out "Where that come from?!" when Unicron attacks. Unicron is the size of a huge freaking planet. How could Jazz have missed that even if he wasn't monitoring the sensors? This is apparently a specialty of Unicron's, since he pulled it at the beginning of the movie- he wasn't noticed by the first planet he attacked until he was practically within chomping distance, and he also pulled it off in the Marvel Transformers comic run (see above).

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', Jazz is stationed on Moonbase One and yells out "Where "Where'd that come from?!" when Unicron attacks. Unicron is the size of a huge freaking planet. How could Jazz have missed that even if he wasn't monitoring the sensors? This is apparently a specialty of Unicron's, since he pulled it at the beginning of the movie- he wasn't noticed by the first planet he attacked until he was practically within chomping distance, and he also pulled it off in the Marvel Transformers comic run (see above).


** Then at the end, [[spoiler: it turns out her banning music and trying to forget her husband forgotten made it so neither she nor their daughter would recognize his guitar and songs were used by [[BigBad Ernesto De La Cruz]], his partner and supposed best friend. She has unintentionally allowed his murderer to remain unpunished for almost a century]].

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** Then at the end, [[spoiler: it turns out her banning music and trying to forget her husband forgotten has made it so neither she nor their daughter would recognize his guitar and songs were used by [[BigBad Ernesto De La Cruz]], his partner and supposed best friend. She has unintentionally allowed his murderer to remain unpunished for almost a century]].



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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': Euryale fails to notice a pissed off Pegasus dramatically rising from the pooling blood beneath her beheaded mortal sister. This allows Pegasus to easily knock her out when she tries to run Diana through to avenge Medusa.

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