This character never listens. Either due to hearing problems, vanity, rudeness, stupidity, inattentiveness or being in a different place as everyone else, they'll barely or never get the message that someone else is trying to tell them.
In the case of someone who's vain, a jerk or off in his own world this sometimes involves actively interrupting other people. Other times they'll have to be repeated to, their responses won't match what they're responding to, or they'll only be paying half-attention and have to be told things that have already been said in the conversation at a previous moment.
This is a bad combination when paired with someone whose Berserk Button is having to repeat themselves. Of course, due to this person having terrible listening skills, they probably won't recognize the pattern.
Husbands and boyfriends in media are often portrayed as not being able to listen to their significant others.
An Absent-Minded Professor and Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny! tend to be this. Compare Comically Missing the Point, since this might be the reason, and Stopped Reading Too Soon when it comes to reading something. Related to Won't Take "Yes" for an Answer and One Side of the Story. Not to be confused with Not Listening to Me, Are You?, which is a common reaction to this trope.
- In Snow White with the Red Hair, Prince Raji Shenazard responds to Shirayuki returning to Tanburn and requesting the cure to the poison he used to poison someone who had helped her while she fled his attempt to force her to be his concubine by acting like she is deeply in love with him and that he is being magnanimous by letting her become his concubine instead of addressing the fact that he is giving her a Scarpia Ultimatum. She briefly wonders to herself if he's suffering auditory hallucinations but it seems he has just never been told "no" before in his life.
- Black Butler: Elizabeth isn't a very attentive listener, which often causes problems, much to Ciel's annoyance. In her introductory appearance, she refuses to listen to him when he tries to object to the idea to organize a dance party and inviting him to dance, despite her aversion. When she complains about using his blue ring the party, Ciel explains it is a heirloom item, but she didn't listen until the end, claiming she was kidding and snatching the ring away. She even refused to give it back when he told her to, instead she breaks it in a fit, which provokes Ciel's ire.
- Played for Drama in Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail:
- Professor Cerise was largely unaware of Chloe's problems. After she runs away from home and boards the Train, he shows a certain amount of selective hearing — recognizing on some level how he contributed to driving his daughter away, but also looking for others to pin all the blame upon. He also refuses to accept his daughter's more macabre tastes until Parker, his other child, expresses fear of him institutionalizing Chloe, forcing him to realize that BOTH of his children are afraid of him.
- Goh proves to be even worse. As much as he wants to 'save' Chloe and bring her back home, he also wants everything to go back to the way they were before she snapped at him, refusing to recognize that their fight was her Rage Breaking Point after years of neglect. Even when Chloe tells him directly to leave her alone and stop trying to contact her, he continues insisting that she needs to come back, because he misses her... and takes her refusal very poorly.
- Adrien tends to tune out anything that doesn't suit his interests in Leave for Mendeleiev. No matter how many times it's explained to him that they need to keep their identities secret, Adrien still feels entitled to Ladybug's, along with insisting that they're 'destined' to be together regardless of how she feels about it. Every warning about his behavior goes completely ignored, often with him focusing on some other detail and derailing the conversation. (Or trying to, anyway.)
- Christine in Maskerade is both dimwitted and self-centered, to the point where Agnes tells her that her father is the Emperor of Klatch and her mother is a small tray of raspberry pastries without any of it registering.
- On How I Met Your Mother, whenever Barney claims to be Ted's best friend, Ted always corrects him that it's Marshall. Barney always bulldozes this by continuing "and as your best friend..."
- In Survivor: Heroes Vs Villains, Russell Hantz. When his fellow Villains suggested getting rid of Sandra before the merge, he went after Courtney instead. When Parvati insisted Sandra would be more dangerous than Jerri in front of the jury, guess which of the two was the next one to go.
- Triple that for the jury itself. He specifically told Danielle (a former finalist, by the way, so she understands how the process works): "I'm not going to sit here and tell you what you want to hear, I'm going to tell you the truth." Whoops.
- Amaterasu, the Sun Goddesss and the playable character in Ōkami, has a very, very short attention span and is prone to napping in the middle of other characters explaining something to her.
- Comedically exaggerated in Double Homework with Henry, who always seems to get the wrong meaning of what people try to tell him, even when the correct meaning is obvious.
Protagonist: Tell me everything.Henry: It all started on the day I was born.Protagonist: No, tell me everything about the email.Henry: It all started when I got my first email account.
- In Homestar Runner, Homestar is prone to this, being both The Ditz and a Cloud Cuckoolander. For example, in "4 branches", Coach Z tries to warn Homestar about the dangers of exposing a flame "pro-tardant polymascotfoamalate" costume to a campfire. Homestar zones out and imagines a commercial for polymascotfoamalate from the 1930s, then concludes "So I should be perfectly safe!" Then merrily goes on building a campfire inside the costume.
- Middle Manager Kornada in Mark Stanley's Freefall is told by his robots that a raging hurricane necessitates an evacuation in the Friday 24 March 2000 strip. This hopeless Obstructive Bureaucrat won't budge, because "...it's not on the schedule." Florence has to trick him in order to get him to the evacuation point on the roof.
- Stand Still, Stay Silent:
- In the Distant Prologue, the only road in and out of Aksel's remote village being broken means that a man doing a supply run by boat is his only potential means to move his grandmother from a nearby city and keep her relatively safe from an upcoming epidemic. The man doing the supply run wasn't exactly planning to bring passengers back and tries to tell it to Aksel, but Aksel answers as if he had said "Yes, no problem."
- In the main story, Sigrun, the crew's captain, can get like this towards discordant voices, especially Mikkel's. Speechbubbles Interruption is a regular occurrence on her part. She's incidentally Aksel's great-granddaughter.
- Exaggerated in the American Dad! episode "Stan Goes on the Pill", where men can only hear a faint hiss when forced to listen to a woman talk. Stan takes an experimental CIA pill that allows him to bridge the barrier and listen to Francine, but because he couldn't listen to the female scientist's advice about the dosage, he ends up turning into a woman.
- Jason from Home Movies sometimes has this problem. In Season 4 "The Heart Smashers", after Brendon told him and Melissa how he's going to avoid Fenton after firing him and ending their friendship, Jason admits he wasn't listening. When Jason and Melissa are talking to Brendon about rehiring Fenton again, Jason thought they were going to hire Walter and Perry until Melissa corrects him.
Melissa: You have to pay attention better, Jason. Okay?
- Ready Jet Go!: Jet isn't a very attentive listener, something that causes problems in numerous episodes. In "Mindy's Weather Report", he didn't listen to the others about the supposed storm actually being on Saturn, and drove Boxwood Terrace into a frenzy. In "What's Up With Saturn's Rings?", he didn't listen to Sean's lecture on the rings of Saturn, mistaking it for ice cream sundaes, Cincinnati, or sautéed sausages.
- In The Weekenders, "Listen Up", this becomes a problem for Carver when he and his friends sign up to be helpers to help kids get over worrying about middle school and Carver doesn't help his kid by not listening to his problems. He spends the rest of the episode learning how to listen and comes to a realization when people don't listen to his problem. He eventually makes it up to his kid by the end.