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* InjuryBookend: The title character had his universal knowledge erased by lightning in the beginning of one episode, only to have it returned by getting electrocuted later in the episode.

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* InjuryBookend: The title character had his universal knowledge erased by lightning in the beginning of one episode, only to have it returned by getting electrocuted an electric shock later in the episode.


* AskAStupidQuestion: When his memory is on the fritz doe to a lightning strike, John looks at an almost-empty bottle of Jack Daniels and asks himself "How many shots in a fifth", drains the bottle, and answers himself with "That many".[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke The real answer]], assuming a standard US shot of 1.5 ounces, is 17, but some jokes just [[AntiHumor aren't meant to be funny]].[[/note]]

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* AskAStupidQuestion: When his memory is on the fritz doe do to a lightning strike, John looks at an almost-empty bottle of Jack Daniels and asks himself "How many shots in a fifth", drains the bottle, and answers himself with "That many".[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke The real answer]], assuming a standard US shot of 1.5 ounces, is 17, but some jokes just [[AntiHumor aren't meant to be funny]].[[/note]]


* RealityEnsues: As pointed out in PhlebotinumBreakdown above, John's EncyclopedicKnowledge does not make him immune to the effects of plain old random chance. In addition to the horse-racing example above, the ColdOpen of another episode has him advising blackjack players on how to play certain hands based on probabilities, resulting in them cleaning up. Eventually, one of his predictions about what should happen, resulting in everyone except Karen (who ignored his advice) losing money to the house. Probabilities aren't certainties, after all.

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* RealityEnsues: As pointed out in PhlebotinumBreakdown above, John's EncyclopedicKnowledge does not make him immune to the effects of plain old random chance. In addition to the horse-racing example above, the ColdOpen of another episode has him advising blackjack players on how to play certain hands based on probabilities, resulting in them cleaning up. Eventually, one of his predictions about what should happen, happen falls through, resulting in everyone except Karen (who ignored his advice) losing money to the house. Probabilities aren't certainties, after all.

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* RealityEnsues: As pointed out in PhlebotinumBreakdown above, John's EncyclopedicKnowledge does not make him immune to the effects of plain old random chance. In addition to the horse-racing example above, the ColdOpen of another episode has him advising blackjack players on how to play certain hands based on probabilities, resulting in them cleaning up. Eventually, one of his predictions about what should happen, resulting in everyone except Karen (who ignored his advice) losing money to the house. Probabilities aren't certainties, after all.


Not to be confused with the Franchise/MetalGear "John Doe" or ''Film/{{Se7en}}'''s serial killer.

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Not to be confused with the Franchise/MetalGear "John Doe" or ''Film/{{Se7en}}'''s serial killer.
killer. See MrSmith for the usage of placeholder names like "John Doe" in fiction.

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* ColorBlindConfusion: The title character was completely color blind except when he saw certain clues or people related to his previous life or the case he was working on, when instead of the usual DeliberatelyMonochrome style the show used from his perspective the items in question would be in color. There was also an episode where a lightning strike restored his color vision but made him lose his EncyclopaedicKnowledge until another lightning strike put things back to normal.


* DoNotPassGo: Doe confronting a serial killer with all his abilities (living OmniscientHero, monochromatic vision) after faking his death and appearing behind him to tell him he has been caught. [[spoiler:The killer was faking it, by the way.]]


* PhlebotinumBreakdown: Even with John's EncyclopedicKnowledge, occasionally the [[RandomNumberGod law of averages]] will give him a kick in the pants. Case in point in the pilot: John picks trifecta after trifecta [[HorseRacing playing the ponies]], but he suffers a bit of a setback when one of his picks doesn't play out.

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* PhlebotinumBreakdown: Even with John's EncyclopedicKnowledge, occasionally the [[RandomNumberGod law of averages]] will give him a kick in the pants. Case in point in the pilot: John picks trifecta after trifecta [[HorseRacing [[UsefulNotes/HorseRacing playing the ponies]], but he suffers a bit of a setback when one of his picks doesn't play out.


* CoolCar: Immediately after making a fortune [[HorseRacing picking trifectas]] in the pilot episode, John buys a Shelby Cobra, which he drives throughout the rest of the series.

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* CoolCar: Immediately after making a fortune [[HorseRacing [[UsefulNotes/HorseRacing picking trifectas]] in the pilot episode, John buys a Shelby Cobra, which he drives throughout the rest of the series.

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* JackTheRipoff: The serial killers in "Shock to the System" deliberately invoke this with a GenderFlip of UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper, including a taunting message to John, whom they see as a modern-day analog to George Lusk.

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* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: {{Inverted}} in "Remote Control" when John finds the Group 5 patients locked up with a broken-off key in the padlock. There just happens to be an [[ArtisticLicensePhysics aerosol can of liquid nitrogen]] in a nearby cabinet, which John uses to freeze and break the lock.


* AncientConspiracy: PHOENIX.



* AncientConspiracy: PHOENIX.

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* AncientConspiracy: PHOENIX.AskAStupidQuestion: When his memory is on the fritz doe to a lightning strike, John looks at an almost-empty bottle of Jack Daniels and asks himself "How many shots in a fifth", drains the bottle, and answers himself with "That many".[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke The real answer]], assuming a standard US shot of 1.5 ounces, is 17, but some jokes just [[AntiHumor aren't meant to be funny]].[[/note]]


* GenreBlind: The local police seem slow at figuring out the blatantly obvious, and sometimes John himself shares their myopia. One of the more glaring examples is in "Shock to the System", when john has briefly lost his EncyclopaedicKnowledge: There's a series of murders in the RedLightDistrict and a note signed "JTR", and only Digger is GenreSavvy enough to realize the killer is invoking JackTheRipoff.

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* GenreBlind: The local police seem slow at figuring out the blatantly obvious, and sometimes John himself shares their myopia. One of the more glaring examples is in "Shock to the System", when john John has briefly lost his EncyclopaedicKnowledge: There's a series of murders in the RedLightDistrict and a note signed "JTR", and only Digger is GenreSavvy enough to realize the killer is invoking JackTheRipoff.

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* GenreBlind: The local police seem slow at figuring out the blatantly obvious, and sometimes John himself shares their myopia. One of the more glaring examples is in "Shock to the System", when john has briefly lost his EncyclopaedicKnowledge: There's a series of murders in the RedLightDistrict and a note signed "JTR", and only Digger is GenreSavvy enough to realize the killer is invoking JackTheRipoff.

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