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  • Ikuko of Angel Densetsu manages to get some pretty hilarious moments with this. Bonus points for the Deadpan Snark.
  • In the 1980s Astro Boy, a cyborg called Inspector Holmes is shot in the only human part of him: his head. Astro's reaction? "You shot him! In the head! His head was the only part of him that was human! You shot him in his head!"
  • Bleach:
    • During the Kenpachi vs. Nnoitora fight. Nnoitora activates his Resurrecion, which grants him an additional pair of arms, and Ichigo remarks, "He's got more arms!"
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    • Near the end of that fight, Kenpachi, who barely knows anything about swordfighting despite his fearsome strength, remarks about the one thing he learned that stuck with him- that if you swing a sword with both hands, it's more powerful than if you did it with just one. Nnoitora says that's supposed to be obvious... but then Kenpachi shows him how powerful his sword swings are.
    • Urahara temporarily surpasses Ichigo's stupidity in the Zanpakuto Rebellion arc, when the zanpakuto start rebelling against the shinigami. After several fight scenes, the new enemies completely devastating the Soul Society, Ichigo coming to his own (correct) conclusions, multiple Info Dumps, Urahara gives us this little gem: "From the report, it seems that the majority of zanpakuto in Soul Society have begun to act against their shinigami."
  • Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan:
    Sakura: If you forcibly impale me with something, I will die.
    • Dokuro really does need reminding every now and then. Not that it will do any good.
  • Spoofed in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo:
    Guy Boy: I'll defeat you so bad you'll be defeated!
    Narrator: Yes, he knew Hatenko's secret weakness! That defeating him would...defeat him!
    Dengakuman: Wait, hold on! That's MY weakness!
  • In the Japanese live-action version of Boys over Flowers, Makino and Tsukasa are waiting to cross the street when the light turns from red to green. He remarks, "The light's green", as if no one else could see it.
  • Lampshaded in Code Geass. When Tamaki makes a remark like this, we get a little moment of contrast between C.C. and Kaguya in their responses to it:
    Kaguya: Actually, that's an apt way of putting it.
    C.C.: You're sure developing a useless ability there.
  • In Cross Ange, while both Ange and Sala are singing to activate the Spacetime Convergence Cannon so that they can repel the dimensional distortion, Ange's Vilkiss explodes from the overload because Vilkiss isn't fully repaired. Cue the conversation:
    Sala: Ange! You're falling, Ange!
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  • D.Gray-Man: "What is this?" "It's a sword. You've just been stabbed."
  • In the Digimon Tamers dub when Takato and Henry are going on about how the Monster of the Week is destroying the city, Rika remarks "What are you two, the obvious brothers?"
  • In episode 9 of Excel Saga, after defeating the Ball and Stick leader at bowling: "In true sportsmanship, the one who wins is the winner!"
  • A Fan Sub of Fate/stay night translates one of Shirou Emiya's one-liners into "People die if they are killed". Strangely, the only reason he said that was because he had recently been killed himself, and didn't die.
    • Even his counterpart in Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA isn't immune to making these statements — although in context, "when you have a birthday, you celebrate being born" was addressed to Miyu, who doesn't celebrate her birthday.
    • He's just carrying on the tradition set in Tsukihime, of course.
      Shiki: Dead people can't be alive!
    • The Unlimited Blade Works anime has Tohsaka joining the fray with her own "Looks like the Archer class really is made up of archers!"
    • It's become a running gag in the Fate franchise: even Fate/Extra Last Encore has Nero Claudius go "This city really looks like a city!"
    • A fansub for Fate/Apocrypha's anime adaptation adds "then why does Berserker go berserk?"
  • An early episode of Fist of the North Star has a drill instructor explaining to his men that "God's Army is the army of God". The line makes sense in Japanese, since he's explaining what the name "God's Army" means (Kami no Gun), but its pointlessly redundant in English.
  • At the start of Episode 11 of Fly Me to the Moon Chitose looks at the place where Nasa and Tsukasa's apartment building once stood before it burned down, and says...
    Charlotte: Wow, what impressive powers of observation!
  • Though Kalinin from Full Metal Panic! tends not to say things like this, he did have an instance where he felt the need to mention that Gauron is a "depraved pleasure seeker." You know, just in case the audience and the soldiers who just fought him (and had just witnessed his Ax-Crazy ways) didn't get it by now.
    • Kalinin was actually warning his subordinates to be wary of Gauron, saying that he might look "depraved and pleasure seeking" but he was still a pro — a very intelligent and cunning opponent. Also, the soldiers fighting him in that battle hadn't truly seen what he was capable of, and were probably inclined to dismiss him too easily, just like those guys in the Helmajistan arc. At that point, some anvils needed to be dropped. Though even Kalinin couldn't have predicted the whole new levels of insanity and lustful obsession Gauron had reached thanks to Sousuke. The whole pancreatic cancer thing.
  • In Gankutsuou, a character looks at an envelope and reacts to it with: '13 Rue De Dauphine? That's M. Noisier's house!' (Name and address deliberately changed to protect the fact I can't remember them.) He then turns the envelope towards the camera, and there's a small, blurry address line; but the name 'M. Noisier' is perfectly legible in large letters across the centre of the envelope.
  • Tetsuro in the new Guyver series sometimes falls into this. When he's not constantly shouting "son of a bitch!".
    • Following Guyot's careful explanation of the process used to create Zoanoids, including Tetsuro stating that they are human in shock.
    Tetsuro: Wait. You mean that Zoanids are made out of people?
    Guyot/Audience: Face Palm
  • Halo Legends, where Cortana describes the Milky Way saying, "This galaxy is vast."
  • Haruhi Suzumiya:
    [A giant cricket appears in front of them]
    Kyon: What is this?
    Koizumi: A camel cricket.
    Kyon: Got it. Thanks, Captain Obvious...
  • Inuyasha has an entire cast of Captains Obvious, with characters gleefully re-stating something that was just mentioned by another Captain Obvious. For example, if a character is returning from being away, they'd show the character approaching, then one character would say something like "Hey, it's Character Name" then someone else would say "Character Name is coming back!" and "It's good that Character Name is back now!", leading to a whole chorus making sure that the audience knows exactly what's going on, regardless of how obvious it is.
    • Every time Kagome muses that Inuyasha is half-demon and "half demon means... half human, right?" as if it's a stunning new revelation in the first ten or so episodes, take a shot. It took her quite some time to wrap her head around it (no, we don't meet any half-demon half-gerbils who happen to look 99% human or anything.)
  • The narrator and characters suffered badly from this in the early parts of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, making the whole thing read like a Silver Age comic book at times. One example that has undergone Memetic Mutation is a panel of Speedwagon, having seen Dio become a vampire, looking afraid and shouting "GAAAAH!" while Jonathan, providing narration says "Even Speedwagon is afraid!"
    • In the Stardust Crusaders anime, Joseph Joestar takes on this role, once going so far in pointing out the blatantly obvious that Anne shoots him an "I know that already!!"
    • Also in Stardust Crusaders, when Joseph isn't the one on the role, Polnareff takes it on as well. Kakyoin in particular is extremely annoyed by it, and constantly calls the former out on this habit, particularly at the start of the first dubbed Battle in Egypt episode.
    Polnareff: There's a helicopter!
  • As the daughter of a Back-Alley Doctor, Mako Mankanshoku of Kill la Kill is privy to the knowledge that bleeding to death is, in fact, lethal.
    Mako: People die when they're killed by blood loss!
    • Jakuzure has her moments when people forget the obvious.
    Jakuzure: We're called the Elite Four because there's four of us!
  • Is This a Zombie? has Ayumu remark to Yuu: "If you hadn't brought me back to life, I'd still be dead." People do generally stay dead if you don't bring them back to life, yes.
  • Loveless: Yuiko, dear GOD. Sometimes it seems that she has become an entity beyond Cloudcuckoolander and made this trope her main goal in life.
    Yuiko: We are talking now.
  • Fuu Hououji from Magic Knight Rayearth is (in?)famous for this sort of thing, to Hikaru and Umi's frustration.
  • Mazinger:
    • Mazinger Z:
      • Episode 27. Aphrodite A steps on a trap and starts sinking in the floor.
      Sayaka: "What is happening? I am sinking!" Wow, seriously?
      • Episode 33. Baron Ashura has hijacked a flight and threatens Professor Yumi with killing all passengers if he doesn't hand over the plans of the Jet Scrander:
      Professor Yumi: This is a thief! And blackmail!
      Baron Ashura: OF COURSE it is. What else did you expect from me?
    • UFO Robo Grendizer: In an early manga chapter, The Hero Duke Fleed finds himself face-to-face with a Vegan Saucer, and he wonders "Is that a Vegan Saucer?". No, it was not the first one he saw.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 also does this:
    Setsuna F. Seiei: (Upon seeing the Masurao for the first time) That Mobile Suit is... NO FLAG?
    • A bit earlier, when Setsuna and Saji meets for the first time:
    Saji: Oh. You must be our new neighbor. What's your name?
    Setsuna: Setsuna F. Seiei.
    Saji: Setsuna F. Seiei? That's a strange name.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
    • "Lieutenant Colonel Lady Une! Gundam still attacking on the ship!"
    • "Those are torpedoes, aren't they? I can tell!" As with Shirou, this line became a mild case of Never Live It Down for the speaker (Relena).
  • Naruto
    • So, there's a scene where Might Guy fights Kisame Hoshigaki. After 10 minutes, Guy suddenly says, "You wield a sword!" even though Kisame was using his sword right from the beginning. He also has other brilliant lines such as "You surely are... someone I met before".
      • Ironically, the latter is actually a subversion, as the villain is using a body duplication technique that's based on another body, and that one's rhythms are slightly different from the villain's own... so while Guy can see the bad guy, his instincts tell him that it's someone else. And he's right.
    • There's also when he looks at Gaara's gourd: "Nobody has noticed yet... but... that gourd is suspicious!" The gourd contains the sand Gaara uses for his jutsus, and turns out to be made out of sand itself, which helps save Gaara from the final blow of Lee's Hidden Lotus.
    • Izumo asks (albeit rhetorically), "What is this guy, immortal?" after Hidan barely reacts to Izumo and Kotetsu stabbing him in vital spots. Hidan quips, "Isn't it obvious?"
    • And there is also Pain's "Do you hate me?" line after Naruto goes six-tails because he was Forced to Watch Pain almost fatally stab Hinata. Shippuden Episode 167 made he say it after being smacked into the ground with a large chunk of mountain.
    • Masashi Kishimoto falls victim to this too as every time a plot point is shown he lampshades it.
    • Kiba drops one when he says that the moon look strange. Half a chapter after the Infinite Tsukuyomi started.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion puts this trope even into a Mind Screw session in the last episode:
    Asuka: Your mother is a different individual.
    Shinji: Right, I am me and she is she. But are you really sure that the perceptions of others form my true self?
    Misato: It's true, Shinji Ikari.
    Asuka: Has it taken you this long to realize that?! What an idiot!
    • End of Evangelion has a much simpler example when a dying Misato is confronting a depressed Shinji: "You hate yourself, don't you?" Like, seriously, did you just realize that Misato?? Congratulations!
  • Oku-sama wa Mahou Shoujo Late in the series, Ureshiko Asaba is judged to be erased, whereupon Kagura Tatsumi immediately clarifies, "That means you'll die!" Being wiped from existence is pretty much the same as dying, if not worse.
  • The background characters in One Piece tend to be quite vocal about the events at center-stage. This was mentioned because One Piece characters, especially fodder-types spew an overabundance of expository dialogue which often crawls into Captain Obvious territory.
  • Most lines of the narrator from Ōkami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi come down to "what is just happening on the screen", although the way she says them (taking such obvious pleasure in pointing out the salacious side of story events) is what makes having a narrator worthwhile.
  • Pokémon: The First Movie should have a medal for the number of times the words "Mewtwo is a clone of Mew!", or something to that affect, are repeated.
    • Hell, the later dubbed seasons of the Pokémon anime are full of this. Characters frequently point out things that anybody watching the show can see.
    • Brock in the series is prone to this often (at least in the dub). It seems like every episode he has to explain everything that is going on, although this serves to educate viewers who aren't familiar with the Pokémon games.
      • You don't have to be familiar with the games to work this one out on your own, though.
        May: Hey, Brock, what is Extreme Speed?
        Brock: When a Pokémon's speed goes to the extreme.
    • In the first Hoenn episode, Professor Birch falls on some Poochyena. When they start growling at him, he takes some time to deduce their emotions before coming to the conclusion that they're angry at him.
      Professor Birch (while being chased around a tree): I'M BRILLIANT!!!
    • There's also one in the Ash vs. Harrison battle.
      Harrison: Hypno, use your Psychic attack!
      Announcer: (Harrison's Hypno lifts Ash's Totodile into the air) Hypno is using its Psychic attack!
    • When Ash and his friends finally deliver the GS Ball (a gold-and-silver Poke Ball) to Kurt, he drops the bombshell that it's..."some kind of Poke Ball."
      Ash: Next thing you know, he'll tell us it's round.
      Misty: Or yellow.
  • The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon anime specials are a fan of this. "The defense scarf. It's a scarf that raises your defense!"
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Try and count all the times someone says "He's no ordinary swordsman!" (or something similar) every time Kenshin disappears because he's moving so fast or knocking down six enemies at a time.
  • Some days, it seems like the only reason Luna is around anymore in Sailor Moon:
    [monster creates sea pillars and attacks Sailor Moon with them]
    Luna: Careful, Sailor Moon! That monster can attack with water!
    • Ami, to some extent. The dub rolls with this and makes her so redundant that it's a wonder they don't just tape her mouth shut until they need her to look up something specific.
    Amy: " This is a portal inside a warped space......that leads to.....yet another space!!"
  • The Bronze Saints from Saint Seiya: Hades chapter have a tendency to repeat, WORD FOR WORD, what someone else just said.
  • This example from Shakugan no Shana:
    Kazumi: It's called a school festival. It's a festival organized by the school.
    • Blame the translator— The Japanese have a word for "festival"note , a word for "school"note , and a different-sounding word for "school festival"note  (Though written as "school" and "festival". That's how the language works). The person she's explaining it to is a foreigner who possibly wouldn't know all the words.
  • Manta from Shaman King has a tendency for this. It gets rather grating after a while.
  • From Slayers: Super-Explosive Demon Story:
    Mook Disguised as Old Man: I have transformed these ordinary woodland creatures into astral-side demons! Cool, huh?
    Gourry: This isn't a regular old guy, Lina!
    • Gourry is the Captain Obvious of Slayers. His role as such as repeatedly lampshaded and he constantly gets smacked by Lina for this (sometimes before he's even said anything).
      • Given that he thought the fact that Xellos is a mazoku/demon was obvious, it seems safe to say that Gourry's conception of what is and is not obvious is...not the same as everybody else's.
  • Lynn Minmay from Super Dimension Fortress Macross had a moment of this in episode 27, where she says to Hikaru...
    Minmay: You were always a friend to me, Hikaru. So I always thought of you... as a friend.
    • Was that last sentence really necessary?
  • Tekkaman the Space Knight's dub. In the original version he rarely speaks, but in the English version...
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann had an odd enforced version when Team Dai-Gurren were throwing rocks at Viral and his men:
    Viral: Damn barbaric humans! Can't you beat us fist-to-fist you cowards?
    Kamina: This rock is my fist!
    Viral: A rock is a rock. It's not a damn fist!
    Kamina: Is stating the obvious the best you got, dumbass?
  • Ken Hidaka from Weiß Kreuz is the kind of guy who feels the need to point out to his teammates that empty rooms are, in fact, empty. Sometimes when they're standing right next to him. In the selfsame empty room.
  • Used very often in Yu-Gi-Oh!, usually when a monster is destroyed or a magic/trap card is used, so it happens virtually every move. Contributes to the show's Inaction Sequences.
    *Monster explodes*
    Duelist: Your monster has been vanquished!
  • Mocked in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series.
    Téa: Now we're at the museum!
    Yami: I know.
    • Or:
      Tristan: In a few hours the sun will rise!
      [Once Yugi loses some cards from his children's' card game.]
      Tristan: If it's any consolation, in a few hours the sun will rise!
      [Later, as the sun rises.]
      Tristan: See, I was right about the sun!
      • That's actually what he said in the anime. Well, the first part anyway.
    • And, from the movie:
      Anubis: Shut up! You're going to die! And then you'll be dead! Because I killed you!
    • And this!
    "What?! My attack's not working!"
    "Great Scott! It's not!"
    "That can't be right! Can it?"
    "You bet it's right! My machine monster has magic-resistant armor that makes it resistant to all magic attacks!"
    "That's why he played a machine monster! It's resistant to magic! And not just magic monsters, but magic attacks, too!"
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Jaden states the obvious a couple of times, while explaining his card effects.
    "I activate the Flute of Summoning Kuriboh, which, if you couldn't tell, summons... a... Kuriboh."
    "I activate The Warrior Returning Alive, which allows one of my warriors to return, you know, alive."
    *enters a deserted submarine*
    Adrian: It's empty; I think it's deserted!
    Axel: That was quite the brilliant deduction, Adrian, so what are we gonna do now?
  • Yusei from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's isn't exactly flawless in this regard either. On some occasions, he even uses the same Monster Effects or Spell/Trap Cards TWICE or more in one episode, which is normal enough. But he seriously doesn't need to explain the effect in detail TWICE in the same episode as if we're not paying attention the first time.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V has become fairly memetic in the fandom for its overuse of cards that negate destruction by battle but not damage, because every single time it happens (often multiple times per episode), a character will say some variant of "But you'll still take damage!" This was even how the final duel in the series was resolved.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS inverts ARC-V's memetic phrase, this time pointing "but your monster is still destroyed!" after doing some damage negation. One character even exploited this trope in his AI in order to lie about his monster's effects.
  • Kazuma Kuwabara in Yu Yu Hakusho tends to say things like, "This is dangerous!" while a tunnel is collapsing on top of the Idiot Hero's True Companions.
  • One example that occurs in multiple anime and manga is the translation of the phrase abunai (危ない), which is both an adjective meaning "dangerous" and an interjection meaning "Look out!" Often translators will mix up the two, having a character shout "This is dangerous!" while something dangerous is about to happen to one of their friends.
    • This seems to be a staple in many dubs and translations...


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