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* In ''Anime/GurrenLagann'', [[spoiler:when the Anti-Spiral sends the Moon on a collision course with the Earth, Rossiu decides that it is impossible to stop it and attempts to escape with only a portion of the population, even if this meant leaving the rest to die. He fails to understand that this is the show where the impossible becomes possible just by believing in yourself hard enough, and sure enough, Simon (who he had betrayed and imprisoned in order to bring this plan into fruition) arrives and stops the collision by fighting the Anti-Spiral forces.]]


** In the end, it's not Genre Blindness at all. He's smart, but covers it with a lot of [[ObfuscatingStupidity Obfuscating Bond]] [[BondVillainStupidity Villain Stupidity]]. [[spoiler: The only reason he left the players alive as long as he did was that he ''wanted'' them to become stronger than he is. The entire fight is Arthas giving more and more to the battle, until he finally holds nothing back and fights with his full strength. If the players die, unfortunate, but still good minions. If they ''don't'', he's found minions that surpass even his ''own'' immense power, which is what he ''wants'', being a necromancer with near-unbreakable control over his resurrected minions, and the ability to trap souls in his blade. The raid can't actually slay him on its own - either you're weaker and he kills you, or you're stronger, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment and he]] ''[[FailureIsTheOnlyOption kills you]]''. Knowing that [=NPCs=] are next to useless compared to players, he begins his reanimation ritual, mocking the frozen Tirion while he and the crippled and restrained Bolvar watch helplessly. And, in the end, he only loses because Tirion's rescue subverts every boss battle trope that [=WoW=] has. When, in any other Final Boss Battle, does an ''NPC'' disarm and permanently paralyze the boss, turning him into a glorified ''training dummy''? Arthas, with 10% HP remaining, can actually be struck by weak melee hits until death (which can take something like an hour, if Tirion is the only one doing it). Let's rephrase that: Arthas, the BigBad of an entire expansion, dies because an NPC gets up off the ground after [[TheProtagonist the party]] dies, and [[PrecisionFStrike flipping]] ''solos'' him. '''''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Outside of a cutscene.]]''''']]
*** This is a ''[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious]]'' moment if you're in a raid with GenreSavvy people who don't know how the fight plays out. [[spoiler:Yell out over voice chat "goddamn it, WIPE, ''WIPE!''" and listen to the panic and confusion when everyone dies instantly. Then listen to the ''awe'' when the ''rest'' of the scene plays out...]]

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** In the end, it's not Genre Blindness at all. He's smart, but covers it with a lot of [[ObfuscatingStupidity Obfuscating Bond]] [[BondVillainStupidity Villain Stupidity]]. [[spoiler: The only reason he left the players alive as long as he did was that he ''wanted'' them to become stronger than he is. The entire fight is Arthas giving more and more to the battle, until he finally holds nothing back and fights with his full strength. If the players die, unfortunate, but still good minions. If they ''don't'', he's found minions that surpass even his ''own'' immense power, which is what he ''wants'', being a necromancer with near-unbreakable control over his resurrected minions, and the ability to trap souls in his blade. The raid can't actually slay him on its own - either you're weaker and he kills you, or you're stronger, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment and he]] ''[[FailureIsTheOnlyOption kills you]]''. Knowing that [=NPCs=] are next to useless compared to players, he begins his reanimation ritual, mocking the frozen Tirion while he and the crippled and restrained Bolvar watch helplessly. And, in the end, he only loses because Tirion's rescue subverts every boss battle trope that [=WoW=] has. When, in any other Final Boss Battle, does an ''NPC'' disarm and permanently paralyze the boss, turning him into a glorified ''training dummy''? Arthas, with 10% HP remaining, can actually be struck by weak melee hits until death (which can take something like an hour, if Tirion is the only one doing it). Let's rephrase that: Arthas, the BigBad of an entire expansion, dies because an NPC gets up off the ground after [[TheProtagonist the party]] dies, and [[PrecisionFStrike flipping]] ''solos'' him. '''''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Outside '''''Outside of a cutscene.]]''''']]
*** This is a ''[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious]]'' moment if you're in a raid with GenreSavvy people who don't know how the fight plays out. [[spoiler:Yell out over voice chat "goddamn it, WIPE, ''WIPE!''" and listen to the panic and confusion when everyone dies instantly. Then listen to the ''awe'' when the ''rest'' of the scene plays out...]]
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** The heroes not only have Genre Blindness, they seem to have inter-episode amnesia. How many times can you really think say "[[LetsSplitUpGang Let's split up]] to explore the haunted castle" and think it's a good plan? This actually ''is'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' Long story short, Fred realizes that they ''always'' split up the group the same way and decides to split it up a different way with [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Fred and Shaggy teaming up]]. HilarityEnsues.

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** The heroes not only have Genre Blindness, they seem to have inter-episode amnesia. How many times can you really think say "[[LetsSplitUpGang Let's split up]] to explore the haunted castle" and think it's a good plan? This actually ''is'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' Long story short, Fred realizes that they ''always'' split up the group the same way and decides to split it up a different way with [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Fred and Shaggy teaming up]].up. HilarityEnsues.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead "Planet of the Dead"]]: Lady Christina does not include invisible force fields as something she should watch out for when boldly rappelling down a deep shaft to recover a MacGuffin. Fortunately, the Doctor stops her just short of a messy death.


* On ''Series/BabylonFive'', at one point Commander Sheridan says that he doesn't believe in dreams and signs and portents ... in a show whose plot '''runs''' on dreams and signs and portents.

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* On ''Series/BabylonFive'', at one point Commander Captain Sheridan says that he doesn't believe in dreams and signs and portents ... in a show whose plot '''runs''' on dreams and signs and portents.


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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'':
** In "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS1E5WalkingDistance Walking Distance]]", Martin Sloan meets himself as an 11-year-boy but he does not realize that he has traveled back in time until a teenager tells him that his 1934 roadster is brand new.
** In "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS2E52APennyForYourThoughts A Penny for Your Thoughts]]", Hector B. Poole spends half an episode reading people's minds before realizing that no, they're not talking out loud while somehow keeping their mouths closed.


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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth"]]: The [[SpacePolice Shadow Proclamation]] ''sort'' of knows who the Doctor is (ArbitrarySkepticism on the Shadow Architect's part regarding the existence of Time Lords aside), but they think that they can make him fight a war for them. Naturally, the second the Architect lets him go get his keys, he's ''gone''.


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* Though this trope tends to protect every superhero's identity to some degree, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'' takes this to new extremes when The Joker sends his gang of Jokerz to attack Terry at a nightclub. In a world where everyone wonders who Batman's true identity is, nobody in the group pieces together that the young man with the same proportions and voice as Batman, who is a skilled martial artist and acrobat, and clever CombatPragmatist, who ''The'' Joker wants taken out, just ''might'' be the Bat. Chucko even casually remarks that he can't understand why they've been sent after some "random" kid, but shrugs it off because it's at least fun.

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* Though this trope tends to protect every superhero's identity to some degree, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'' takes this to new extremes when The the Joker sends his gang of Jokerz to attack Terry at a nightclub. In a world where everyone wonders who Batman's true identity is, nobody in the group pieces together that the young man with the same proportions and voice as Batman, who is a skilled martial artist and acrobat, and clever CombatPragmatist, who ''The'' Joker wants taken out, just ''might'' be the Bat. Chucko even casually remarks that he can't understand why they've been sent after some "random" kid, but shrugs it off because it's at least fun.



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* The main characters in ''Series/{{Scream}}'', despite being horror movie and pop-culture buffs, with one guy being downright obsessed with horror movies, still get hunted down and murdered easily. In particular they always do LetsSplitUpGang, and it always works against them.



* The main characters in ''Series/{{Scream}}'', despite being horror movie and pop-culture buffs, with one guy being downright obsessed with horror movies, still get hunted down and murdered easily. In particular they always do LetsSplitUpGang, and it always works against them.

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* Inverted in ''Film/LastActionHero''. Hero Slater is entirely genre savvy about how his fictional world works, but struggles when transported to the real world because it doesn't work like an action movie.

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* The main characters in ''Series/{{Scream}}'', despite being horror movie and pop-culture buffs, with one guy being downright obsessed with horror movies, still get hunted down and murdered easily. In particular they always do LetsSplitUpGang, and it always works against them.


* ''Manga/DragonBall'':
** When Goku, Bulma, Yamcha, Oolong and Puar infiltrate Pilaf's castle, they come across a bunch of arrows. The group decides to follow them until they reach a dead-end. A trap wall then closes behind the group, trapping them. The scene cuts to Pilaf who says, "I didn't think there even were people that stupid."
** Whenever the cast is dismissive towards a current threat because of their appearance. This happens with Frieza's final form, Androids 17 and 18 being teenagers, Cell's final transformation, Fat Buu, and finally Kid Buu. You would think they'd learn that appearances mean nothing in this series and it is often the most unassuming villains that are the most dangerous.
* Part 3 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' features a rather JustForFun/{{egregious}} example when the group is being assaulted in their dreams by a stand-wielding baby. Normally the group is GenreSavvy bordering on paranoid, assuming that anything unusual happening is the result of an enemy stand, but suddenly everyone except Kakyoin decides that a stand-wielding baby is simply too farfetched an idea (when they'd already encountered a stand-wielding orangutan.)

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** When Goku, Bulma, Yamcha, Oolong and Puar infiltrate Pilaf's castle, castle in the original ''Manga/DragonBall'', they come across a bunch of arrows. The group decides to follow them until they reach a dead-end. A trap wall then closes behind the group, trapping them. The scene cuts to Pilaf who says, "I didn't think there even were people that stupid."
** Whenever the cast is dismissive towards a current threat because of their appearance. This happens in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' with Frieza's final form, Androids 17 and 18 being teenagers, Cell's final transformation, Fat Buu, and finally Kid Buu. You would think they'd learn that appearances mean nothing in this series and it is often the most unassuming villains that are the most dangerous.
* Part 3 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders'' features a rather JustForFun/{{egregious}} example when the group is being assaulted in their dreams by a stand-wielding baby. Normally the group is GenreSavvy bordering on paranoid, assuming that anything unusual happening is the result of an enemy stand, but suddenly everyone except Kakyoin decides that a stand-wielding baby is simply too farfetched an idea (when they'd already encountered a stand-wielding orangutan.)

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* Played for drama with Celebrimbor in VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfWar. He thought he could make a new Ring of Power, untouched by Sauron's evil. He never realized that there wasn't some abstract force that made the Ring evil, but Power, pure and simple.


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* In ''Literature/ExHeroes'', heroine Stealth is aiding other heroes battling the rise of a zombie virus in the world. As she sees the military refusing to shoot civilians in the head "because of the optics" and medical personnel trying to help clearly infected people, Stealth realizes society is doomed as, despite all the evidence in front of them, people will refuse to accept the reality of the undead even as it attacks them.

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* In ''Literature/ExHeroes'', heroine Stealth is aiding other heroes battling the rise of a zombie virus in the world. As she sees the military a police officer bitten after refusing to shoot civilians in the head "because of the optics" they're still human" and medical personnel trying to help clearly infected people, Stealth realizes society is doomed as, despite all the evidence in front of them, people will refuse to accept the reality of the undead even as it attacks them.them.
-->'''Stealth''': Arthur Conan Doyle wrote "once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." But there is a fatal flaw in that maxim. It assumes people can tell the difference between what ''is'' impossible and what they ''believe'' impossible.

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* In ''Literature/ExHeroes'', heroine Stealth is aiding other heroes battling the rise of a zombie virus in the world. As she sees the military refusing to shoot civilians in the head "because of the optics" and medical personnel trying to help clearly infected people, Stealth realizes society is doomed as, despite all the evidence in front of them, people will refuse to accept the reality of the undead even as it attacks them.

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