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An index depicting tropes about all that is blatant and obvious.

Contrast Stealth Tropes and The Secret Index. Compare to Rule of Perception. May overlap with Stupidity Tropes and Ignored Index.


  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: CGI effects in otherwise two-dimensional animation will stick out like a sore thumb if they aren't blended in well enough.
  • Bad Liar: Someone tries to tell a lie, but is very bad at making the fabrication sound believable.
  • Blatant Burglar: Burglars and thieves always wear clothing that give away that they intend to rob people.
  • Blatant Lies: Statements that are obviously not true.
  • Captain Obvious: A character who has a tendency to point out the obvious.
  • Captain Obvious Aesop: The moral of the story is something the audience already knows.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Revealing a secret long after the audience has already figured it out.
  • Clue, Evidence, and a Smoking Gun: A character explains their deduction by listing minor details that made them suspicious, then mentioning a clear giveaway that makes the other clues unnecessary.
  • Conspicuously Light Patch: In animated cartoons, it's easy to distinguish objects the characters interact with from the parts of the background that remain stationary.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Repetitively needless repetition that is done needlessly is played for humor, with the humor done in the form of needlessly done repetitively needless repetition.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: It's clear as day that this person can't be trusted, but no one seems to notice.
  • Dodgy Toupee: It's obvious that this bald character is wearing a wig to cover up their baldness.
  • Doomed by Canon: The character is dead in the installments that take place afterwards, so it's obvious that the prequel won't prevent their death even if they make it out unscathed.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: An obvious issue that everyone present is going out of their way to avoid addressing.
  • Everyone Can See It: It's claimed that two people being in love is obvious to everyone who knows them.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The title or name tells you everything you need to know.
  • Exposition Already Covered: A character tries to explain something, but finds to their frustration that someone else already beat them to it.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The audience already knows how the story is going to end even if they haven't seen it before and haven't heard any spoilers.
  • Hesitation Equals Dishonesty: Hesitating before answering is a dead giveaway that you are not telling the truth.
  • Hugh Mann: A non-human tries to impersonate a human, but it's very obvious that they are not human.
  • Implausible Deniability: Claiming to be innocent when you're obviously guilty.
  • Incredibly Conspicuous Drag: A character disguising themselves as a member of the opposite gender doesn't do a good job of hiding their real gender.
  • Incredibly Obvious Bomb: When explosives are to be used, no effort whatsoever is made to conceal them.
  • Incredibly Obvious Bug: A listening or tracking device that isn't disguised well and therefore easily noticeable.
  • Incredibly Obvious Tail: A character who is trying to secretly follow someone utterly fails at being subtle about it.
  • Narrating the Obvious: The narrator points out stuff that should be obvious to the audience.
  • Narrowed It Down to the Guy I Recognize: The most famous actor is obviously playing the secret villain.
  • Neon Sign Hideout: A secret lair for some reason has a big neon sign or other conspicuously identifying feature pointing out its location.
  • Oblivious Adoption: A child remains unaware that they're adopted even though it's incredibly obvious.
  • Obvious Beta: It's blatant that the video game's developers haven't quite finished making the game.
  • Obvious Object Could Be Anything: A character gets a gift that is shaped in a way that it is (supposedly) obvious what is inside the package.
  • Obvious Pregnancy: It's obvious a woman is pregnant because she shows a baby bump the instant she's been impregnated.
  • Obvious Stunt Double: The work clearly uses a stunt double that hardly looks anything like the actor they're substituting for in the more dangerous scenes.
  • Obviously Evil: You can tell this person is the bad guy just by looking at them.
  • Obvious Judas: It is blatant which of the characters' friends or associates will end up betraying them.
  • Open Secret: It's officially a secret, but everyone knows it anyway.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Someone manages to fool everyone by wearing a disguise that does a piss-poor job of hiding their identity.
  • Saved by Canon: Because the character is still alive in the series' other installments, it's obvious that they will survive the events of the prequel no matter what perils they may end up in.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Describing something as being like itself (e.g. a house shaped like a house, bread that tastes like bread, silk that feels like silk).
  • Sherlock Can Read: A character is praised for making a brilliant deduction, which the character then clarifies was only them noticing the obvious.
  • Schmuck Bait: Someone falls for an obvious trap.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: If you deny doing something that the other person hasn't even accused you of doing, you're only making it obvious that you actually did do it.