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"I have done all that can be done. There is nothing left. No quests to be undertaken. No villains to be slain. No challenges to face. Except for you. You are my last challenge. Only you can send me to Sovngarde with honor."
The Ebony Warrior, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

A cat chasing a car? They've seen it. People playing card games for the fate of the world? They've seen it. They've explained the Noodle Incident twice. They even know what the Cow Tools are for. Yes, these characters have Seen It All.

The way the trope's portrayed varies depending on the characters. They may either become The Stoic since they've seen everything they have, or they may simply be Deadpan Snarkers. Maybe they've seen so much that they make sure they're ready for anything. They may or may not also be smug about the fact that they've seen it all already. These portrayals, however, while very common, aren't the only ways to portray this trope.

Compare Fantastically Indifferent, Oh, No... Not Again!, Prescience Is Predictable and The Anticipator. See also Seen-It-All Suicide and Nothing Left to Do but Die. Not to be confused with Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World. Beings that are Really 700 Years Old or from the Time Abyss have a high chance of having seen it all already. Often happens to a Weirdness Magnet. Contrast I've Never Seen Anything Like This Before. Sister trope to Conditioned to Accept Horror.

No relation to Seen-It-All Suicide, where characters off themselves after witnessing some truly bizarre sight.


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  • From The '80s, this commercial for Keebler Stripe cookies. A stage magician isn't too impressed by "the old fudge on one side trick", but he takes notice of the part with stripes.
  • The Farmers Insurance guy. Not only have he and his people seen every weird fate to befall any house/mode of transportation, he offers tours of a museum dedicated to such events. ("We know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two.")
  • A Cartoon Network promo for The Powerpuff Girls features a guy going about his everyday routine on his way to work despite all the crazy disasters that seem to occur, including a giant monster rampaging the city, a floating eye shooting lasers, Mojo Jojo briefly turning him into a dog, and the Gangreen Gang tagging his clothes (he had a clean suit ready in his office for just such an occasion), all of which, he doesn't even bat an eye, or just reacts with mild annoyance. When he gets to his office and sits down, his wife calls and he says, "Hello? Hey, hun. Yeah... Oh, pretty uneventful." A caption then appears saying, "Born and raised in Townsville."

    Anime and Manga 
  • In One Piece, it's subtly implied that the further a pirate goes down the Grand Line, through a cornucopia of crazy phenomena one sees, the more desensitized one gets. Early on Don Krieg says that Devil Powers like Luffy's are commonplace, and the series proves him entirely correct. On Whole Cake Island, Nami freaks out when she sees a giant talking crocodile. Luffy points out that she shouldn't be shocked by that point, as they had just left an entire city of animal-people beforehand, while pointing to Chopper, a talking human-reindeer, and Carrot, a talking rabbit girl.
  • Berserk opens In Medias Res and shows Guts going toe to toe with massive armies and eldritch abominations without batting an eye.
    Priest: "Fifty men! You can't seriously mean that you're going up against fifty men!"
    Guts: "Get the hell outta my way."
  • Evangeline of Negima! Magister Negi Magi, an ancient vampire (born circa 1400): the existence of a time-travelling device impresses her somewhere below the level of a shrug or a nod. She says that overall the ability to travel to the moon, the telephone, and the Internet surprised her far more when they first appeared.
  • Keiichi from Ah! My Goddess. Especially the first movie. A girl kisses him, grows wings, and jumps out the window and flies away and he doesn't even blink.
  • Sagara Sōsuke from Full Metal Panic!, especially in Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu. He and Kaname get stuck in a broken down house that is known for having ghosts. There are a ton of scary, bloody ghosts and corpses that freak Kaname out. For Sōsuke, however, none of it fazes him, and he only notices if they happen to have weapons. The reason being, of course, that he's been desensitized to things like that due to all the wars he's been through. An equally good explanation may be that he has no idea why it's scary, having no prior experience with horror movies or ghost stories and therefore lacking the social conditioning to react appropriately—all he is looking for is the horrors he's used to (like the telephone-mine). Also, ghosts are probably downright comforting when one of your life's less traumatic moments was nearly dying in a plane crash along with your parents when you were three years old.
  • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Homura is an example, due to a "Groundhog Day" Loop caused by her wish. The reason that she's The Stoic is because she's already experienced the events of the show at least four times already (Word of God states she's seen it at least a hundred times).
  • A similar example in Steins;Gate: Okabe claims that his endless time-leaping to save Mayuri have so desensitized him to the event that he feels nothing, even when he lets her die to find out the circumstances. Kurisu knows it isn't true.
  • In DNA2, Tomoko comes across a guy with his pants and underwear around his ankles, his shirt open and having her face it's actually her ex Ryuuji having just discovered his new shapeshifting powers, closes the door, lets out one huge scream, sees that things seem normal and then doesn't seem to think much about it after, in spite of knowing he had been shot a few minutes earlier. Even after seeing her ex-boyfriend with a hideously deformed body from absorbing too much DNA from other people, she doesn't seem too fazed about everything after that. Being told that someone comes from the future and accidentally shot someone else with a bullet that made them turn into a Pornomancer? No biggie.
  • In City Hunter, when characters stop being surprised by Ryo and Kaori's antics (or, in Kaori's case, by Saeko's), they have really seen it all. A classic example is when Ryo had been hired by a yakuza boss to guard his daughter Sayaka, only for said daughter to try and fail everything to get rid of him, culminating in having her own teen gang try and kidnap Kaori... And, upon finding that Kaori has kidnapped and brutally beaten her men, barely reacting and just starting to roll with it at the following moments of insanity.
  • Codename: Sailor V reveals Minako Aino as having been one even before becoming a Magical Girl, as when Artemis walked on her in the shower while talking she treated him like any pervert and then started wondering about the talking cat or trying to explain it away. And once she accepted that no, it wasn't a trick she just started treating him like a normal person.
  • In Urusei Yatsura, in time everyone becomes this due the sheer randomness of the events, making even funnier when something still surprises them.
  • Sometime after the original generations of Pokémon: The Series, a dynamic has developed with the more experienced protagonists being a lot less shocked by crazy things than the newer ones who debuted in the current generation as of the time of the crazy things. While none of the veteran protagonists are outright apathetic to what is going on around them, Ash in particular is as happy to see a Pokemon he's seen before as a completely new one and is as interested in Com Mons as he is Olympus Mons, they will typically not be as stupefied when weird and amazing stuff happens as the current newer protagonists. An excellent example of this trend being seen in The Arceus Chronicles where Ash and Dawn calmly discuss seeing Arceus and the Lake Trio in a vision while Goh, who is much less experienced than them, freaks out.
  • Final Fantasy: Unlimited: Yu and Ai barely react to Lou being a werewolf, considering all the monsters and magic they've seen in Wonderland.

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  • One of the funnier works to come out of the Civil War storyline was the Fantastic Four's Ben Grimm going to Paris. When The Heroes of Paris urgently enlist his aid, he quips in a bored tone (paraphrased) "What is it? Skrull impostors? A Super Registration Act? A mind controlled clone army?" The French heroes just look at each other in confusion and say no, it's the "Underground Emperor" who wants to collapse Paris by tunneling beneath it. His only response is a teary-eyed "I love Paris".
  • A lot of modern versions of Batman go this way. Specifically Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis, and Kevin Smith. Justified in that it is hinted that Gotham City and Arkham Asylum (and thus some of its residents) are suffering from a supernatural curse that has resulted in the entire city being the hellhole it is. Thus Batman is probably jaded somewhat to the existence of the supernatural.
    Batman: Not a murder method I've seen. And I've seen most of them.
    • It's not just modern Batman who has felt this way, the former page image was from the Batman manga from the '60s where Bats has a blasé but mildly annoyed response to Clayface turning into a pterodactyl. Again.
      Drat. He's a pterodactyl again.
  • Spider-Man is a combination of this and Deadpan Snarker.
    Spider-Man: All the crazy wamajama I've seen in my life I am whatever the opposite of a skeptic is.
  • The citizens of Metropolis, Central City, National City, Coast City... tend to be this. The citizens of Gotham, on the other hand, are much less savvy than would be expected, although the police force falls closer to this trope.
  • The Incredible Hulk: Rick Jones has this in spades due to the simple fact that random chance has led him to be sidekick to half a dozen major heroes, with heavily implied strange adventures in-between, which has led to him being the poster-boy for Crazy-Prepared. He's even written at least one best-selling book about all the weird stuff he goes through as a semi-professional sidekick.
  • Nick Fury is nearly a hundred years old, has been through three wars (World War II, Korea, and Vietnam), been through paratrooper school, demolition training, trained with the Army rangers and the Green Berets and worked for the CIA. This was all before he joined S.H.I.E.L.D.. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cultivates a similar mindset. See Survival Tips for S.H.I.E.L.D. Recruits in "Web Original."
  • The pre-Flashpoint Jaime Raynes run as the Blue Beetle has Peacemaker, survivor of a thousand Noodle Incidents throughout The DCU.
    Peacemaker: Hey, any alien encounter where you don't end up dead or probed is a good one. Especially probed.
    Jaime: Your stories are getting weirder. You know that, right?
  • Every senior agent of the B.P.R.D., but Hellboy takes the cake. Not surprising, as he's been a paranormal investigator and monster hunter since the early fifties.
  • Judge Dredd. He's been an active street judge for over half a century and the strip averts Comic-Book Time.
  • Tex Willer and his pards have seen them all. Indian wars? They've been on both sides. Projectiles that kill and desiccate you in a second? They've seen it. Magic? They've seen it, and have taken to wear charms to counter it. Voodoo-style unkillable zombie? They've killed one. People transforming into monsters? They've met at least three or four variations. People faking magic? They know where to shoot to to expose it. Aliens? Yeah, they've seen that too. That said, sometimes they encounter things they've not encountered yet. Like that time Yellowstone Park's first guardian tricked some villains into walking on Old Faithful exactly when it erupted (they were surprised by the fact he could tell the timing, not the geyser)...
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe:
    • It doesn't come up often, but Donald Duck has been involved in finding El Dorado, the Lost Mines of the Incas and King Solomon, the Holy Grail (that he broke in the head of a criminal), has an alien Love Interest, and so on, and when the authors remember it he's ready for everything.
    • Honorable mention to what happened in "Donald and Reginella's Wedding": having dreamed that Reginella (the above-mentioned alien Love Interest) was in trouble he prepared a double-barreled shotgun, plenty of salt shells and a boombox with a horrible song to deal with every threat just in case, and when Reginella's envoy comes to bring him to face an army to save her planet from invaders and herself from having to marry their leader Donald is ready-and mops the floor with the invaders.
  • In Supergirl (Rebirth): Escape from the Phantom Zone, a civilian is understandably upset over being thrown into an other-dimensional Hell, being jailed by a mad scientist that wants boil his flesh and turn his soul into fuel for his armor, and watching a girl transforming into a giant psionic dragon. Supergirl and Batgirl are absolutely unfazed, though, stating that they know how to deal with the aforementioned shenanigans because they're routine stuff to them.
    Benjamin: My God, she... She's a dragon! She split the whole city apart! This is too much, it's crazy...
    Batgirl: We handle crazy every week, Ben.
  • Rick and Morty (Oni): Lesbian Summer has repeatedly had to fend off alternate versions of herself trying to Kill and Replace her for her happy life.
  • The Ultimates: When Nick Fury explains the alien infiltration of the Chitauri, Tony Stark is the only one blown away by it.
  • Lumberjanes: The Roanoke cabin move into this around 20 issues into the series. Case in point: when Seafarin' Karen reveals herself to be a werewolf, the group, having expected her to be magical somehow, points out that it's not even the strangest thing they've seen that week, and are more surprised by the fact that she wasn't some kind of aquatic supernatural creature.

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  • Being hundreds of years old, Ryou in Ageless is accustomed to seeing cliches, spotting how fake Amon's engineered backstory was the moment he heard it.
    Seriously, when you get to be my age, you've pretty much heard them all. I've even considered starting to keep a check list, just to see which of the usual tropes get used the most. Of course, this guy did it all. The typical story about how he'd lost his family and been scarred by a bender and that was why he was on his quest, everything wrong in history was the fault of bending, the Avatar is wrong, blah blah blah.
  • In Aki-chan's Life, Toji takes the existence of Aki in stride, deciding that he's seen so much lately that Shinji and Asuka having a time traveling daughter isn't that odd.
  • In All That Glitters neither Xander nor Jareth are particularly surprised when the former is wished away to the latter's kingdom beyond noting they both thought it could only be done to babies.
  • In Amazing Fantasy, Peter Parker is 47 years old. So when Izuku says that Spider-Man is fictional in his world, Peter stops eating for all of five seconds before continuing as if nothing had ever happened, calling the news a "four out of ten" on his freak-out meter.
  • Ashes of the Past: Ash Ketchum and anyone who associates with him on a semi-regular basis. The number of examples are too numerous to list, but perhaps the perfect encapsulation of it is when, during the Sinnoh arc, a Mismagius trickster tries to prank Ash and co. with an increasingly nonsensical illusion, starting with Rayquaza coming down to request that Ash catch him. Ash promptly asks him to wait, because he doesn't have any appropriate pokeballs. This is followed, in short order, by aliens, Sentai, and time-travellers. Finally, the illusion has become so unbelievable that the talking Rotom fridge in Ash's bag loses it and screams at them for being so unfazed at how ridiculous everything has become; not only are they still unimpressed, the aforementioned fridge is the only thing they haven't seen before and are even mildly interested in. They completely ignore Mismagius for it, who finally gives up and leaves in a huff.
  • In Avengers of the Multi-verse several of the heroes show varying levels of confusion upon suddenly being transported to Sherman, wondering how they've never heard of it before despite having travelled all over the world. By contrast, Ben deduces that he's in another universe within seconds of arriving and treats it with the same gravitas as getting lost on the road. Later when faced with the Mutraddi fleet, he nonchalantly remarks how if you've seen one invasion fleet you've seen them all.
  • The Italian version of Battle Fantasia Project has a few:
    • Every single character from Bakuten Shoot Beyblade, due all the weird things that have happened to them in canon and some that have happened between the end of the series and the start of the fanfic (it's mentioned a human character had a hand-to-hand fight with a bit beast, and the human won). To the point that, when finding out someone she knows has a sister who is a Magical Girl and lives in a computer half the time, she says she has seen weirder and points at some canon characters of Bakuten Shoot Beyblade as evidence.
      Julia: Let's see if I got it. You're telling us your sister became a magical girl after making a contract with an alien and lives in a computer half the time?
      Gianni: Yes.
      Julia [pointing at the canon characters who look like a vampire, Frankenstein's Monster, a mummy and a werewolf] Ok, we've experienced weirder things.
    • The Hale family. Cornelia is a Magical Girl who has visited a convention of her fans, her mother is revealed to be an older Megan Williams, and her father is a bank director who has seen too many strange things from customers, robbers and coworkers to get surprised when his wife and daughter spring their secrets on him.
  • Becoming a True Invader: After spending some time hanging around the rest of the ZMDA, Kor states that nothing seems too strange to her anymore.
  • The citizens of Gotham in A Cell of a Good Time have seen enough weirdness for Imperfect Cell to only raise a few eyebrows among the more experienced ones. While his tailor clearly expected to be eaten, a bank guard only asks if he intends to rob the bank then waves him on when Cell says he's there to open an account. Likewise when the bank is robbed, Cell's banker immediately ducks under his desk and looks more exasperated than fearful.
  • The Boys: Real Justice:
    • Homelander (politely) refuses a dinner invitation from the Kent family, thinking his being from another dimension would make the whole thing awkward. The Kents reply that they've seen so many crazy things that a visitor from an Alternate Universe doesn't phase them.
    • Becca and Annie both think that Wonder Woman wouldn't believe them when revealing that Stormfront has lived far longer than a normal human and has been a Nazi since World War II. These claims don't phase Diana at all, and she reassures them by saying that one of the Watchtower's prisoners is Vandal Savage, a ten thousand years old man who also happened to ally himself with the Nazis during World War II.
  • Child of the Storm gives the Avengers and their associates (even the younger ones) a high tolerance for weirdness, but by chapter 52 of the second book, Harry takes the cake. He accurately predicts the basic lay-out of the First Task of the Triwizard Tournament after a mere cursory look at where they're being sent, adding commentary on previous relevant experience (e.g. the Basilisk Incident) with Cedric's silent commentary to the incredulous Fleur and Krum basically being "yes, he has done this sort of thing before. Yes, really. And yes, that actually happened." He also starts treating visions of the future as mildly annoying side-tracks, while his psychic battle with Surtur across time and space mostly just leaves him irritated at the resultant headache. While others are disturbed (indeed, the contrast between him and those of his peers who aren't this trope is a Running Gag), as one of his best friends, Carol, by this point, his girlfriend, admits after the Surtur incident, it is pretty normal for him.
  • Codex Equus: Moon Ray Vaughoof is rather unaffected by Knechten's cruel nature and actions as a divine slaver. This is because, while redeeming sinners in Malus Manes' Hell-Realms, he had seen Malus Manes and his biological/adoptive children inflict horrific punishments on genuinely wicked souls for their crimes.
    Moon Ray Vaughoof: Honestly, that Knechten fellow don’t affect me none. I’ve seen enough of that shit in Uncle Malus’ hell-pits already, an’ I have cousins who do the exact same thing. So I’ve mostly gotten used to it.
  • Sarah Conner in Copyright Infringement thinks she's this after dealing with various Terminators. Xander and the clones of Buffy, Willow, and Cordelia (named after The Powerpuff Girls) correct her when they point out that they had no trouble believing her story of time-traveling cyborgs before they had proof.
  • In the beginning of Worm crossover Echoes of Yesterday, Supergirl quickly ascertains she has been dumped into an alternate universe where her family, friends and herself are comic-book characters. Her reaction? A deadpan, sarcastic "Those are always fun".
    "I kept flipping through the internet, and my suspicions were confirmed. I was in the United States, but I wasn't on Earth. Specifically, I wasn't on my Earth. I was no stranger to the multiverse, and it looked like someone or something had dragged me into another alternate Earth. One where the all the people I knew and cared about were just fictional characters. Those universes were always so much fun."
  • Ere we go, Pluz Ultra!: Inko is so used to Izuku's antics ever since his Quirk developed that her response to Izuku firing his Hand Cannon into the ceiling several times is to gently scold him for shooting at the dinner table. Likewise, she doesn't react at all to the various explosions that occur regularly in Izuku's room.
  • In Family Business Egon Spengler is hardly fazed that he spent the night possessing his nephew Xander given his career as a Ghostbuster.
  • In Fate Genesis, Sonic and the gang have been through so much craziness that they've taken being transported to the Nasuverse with relative ease.
  • Fate Ingens Cor: Zelretch doesn't really care about the threat of Voldemort and the Death Eaters, as he's lived for centuries and has seen many would be conquerors like him rise and fall. He's also unimpressed by the story of Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived.
  • Having spent years watching over the Overlook Hotel every winter in First Knight, Xander is completely immune to most of the antics the spirit/hellgate controlling it gets up to. Giant flesh eating rats, tentacled horrors, waking up as a woman, and meeting alternate versions of himself and his friends; none of it remotely fazes him anymore. He kills the rat while treating it like a chore, chastises the girls for talking to the tentacled horror (as they have to start their journey over now), ignores being a woman, and casually converses with the alternates to find out what timeline they're from.
  • Gaz's Horrible Halloween of Doom: Gaz's reaction to seeing a house handing out candy to trick-or-treaters by means of shooting it out of a giant tube is to note that she's seen weirder.
  • The Ghost Boy And The Super Girl: Batman as he and Kara tell Danny while questioning him.
    Batman: You'd be surprised what I went through before the League. You're on a space station on another Earth with this word's best heroes. If I were you, I wouldn't try to lie.
    Kara: For the record, this isn't the first time we've dealt with ghosts or the supernatural. Not to mention, Batman's seen just about everything imaginable.
  • In A Gift of Love, Tadashi is understandably baffled by the entire Tao estate, especially when a ghost begins playing a not-monopoly game. The others don't even blink.
  • Harry Potter and the Deadly Heller: When Hermione warns Buffy that some of Voldemort's army will be innocent people controlled by the Imperius curse, Buffy merely asks whether that's "Mind control, memory rearrangement, splitting out their evil side, possession by something evil, or controlled by a love spell?" (After a demonstration, Willow then breaks all Imperius curses within a range of several miles.)
  • Heroes Never Die: Aizawa notices that Izuku has the demeanor of an experienced veteran, being completely unconcerned with potential death and only worried about solving problems in the most efficient way possible.
  • Professor Ozpin in Jaune Arc, Lord of Hunger has seen all sorts of seemingly impossible things over the course of his many reincarnations. As such, he has no trouble accepting Jaune's claim of being possessed by what he believes to be the ghost of magic warlord-turned-Grimm. He admits that while he's never heard of a man turning into a Grimm, much less the ghost of such an entity, he wouldn't be surprised to learn that it existed.
  • In Kage, when Jade sees the Knights of Vengeance all together in one place, she notes to herself that she's seen weirder. She also makes a similar comment when Raythor proves to be a Noble Demon.
    Jade: Wow, a bad guy with honor? Now I have seen everything.
  • Looping Back to the Beginning: Class 1-A's reaction to someone summoning a gigantic sea Kaiju is to groan about how they forgot someone during their preemptive purge of villainy at the beginning of the year.
  • In many Maribat AU fics, whenever Marinette is kidnapped and/or held captive by a Rogue, she doesn't freak out as much as normal persons does because she has plenty of experiences dealing will supervillians on a frequent basis. It is downplayed because she realizes, that unlike with Akumas, when the damage is done and lives are lost they can't be fixed by the Miraculous cure.
  • My Heroes Reborn: Many of the Incarnates, due to having weird past lives. For example, Izuku and Katsuki went through an entire lifetime of sailing on the Grand Line. Compared to that, a magical world filled with talking ponies barely warrants a blip on the radar.
  • The New Adventures of Invader Zim: In Episode 14, what's Norlock's reaction to seeing the massive energy storm destroying the city? Casually commenting on it and calmly going back inside the base.
  • The New Recruit, A One-Shot: Coulson's career as a SHIELD agent has left him largely immune to some of the strangeness the world has to offer. So it's really saying something when the "Seattle Incident" manages to surprise him.
  • Xander in The Nighthawk Chronicles is this in spades, partially due to being a fan of DC comics and partially from ten years of fighting the supernatural. Most notably when the Teen Titans sit down to watch a horror movie. The other Titans are all terrified; Xander falls asleep and when they insist he had to find the monster scary, Xander remarks that he's dated scarier things than that.
  • In Nine Minutes, while on Skypiea Nami comes across a giant toad wearing overalls (a transformed Usopp) carrying a large duck with Vivi and Chopper on his back. Nami's sole reaction is to note how much it says about her life that it's still not the weirdest thing she's ever seen.
  • Death (or rather, a Harry Potter who became Death) in On a Pale Horse has outlived Earth multiple times and done literally everything he could think of. By the start of the story, only two things remotely surprise him anymore: 1) Someone trying to summon him. 2) Actually being able to touch someone without killing them.
  • Operation: FLAT: While Numbuh 2 is understandably shocked that The Kid is Mr. Fizz's kid, Numbuh 4 is mainly unfazed thanks to the many cases of KND operatives having evil relativesnote .
  • Ash, and to various degrees everyone who has known him for a while, is this in A Professor and a Student. Ash sees being challenged to a fight and given a Z-Ring by a deity to be unremarkable (to Kiawe's annoyance), while Tracey and Professor Oak are so used to strange things that Oak literally tells Kukui to not call him about Ash unless he stops breathing, gets kidnapped by a legendary Pokemon, or has been in another dimension for more than twelve hours.
  • Realm of Entwined Science and Sorcery — Academy City: When the Chaldea crew explain that they are from an alternate world, Touma and Othinus believe them because they have a lot of experience with alternate worlds.
  • Rick and The Loud House:
    • Apparently, Rick takes Lincoln on interdimensional travels more often than he does the sisters, so Lincoln is more desensitized to the weird things he encounters.
    • The sisters themselves gradually become more this trope, thanks to Rick deciding to take them on adventures more often.
  • Subverted in The Rigel Black Chronicles when Professor Snape thinks he's prepared for whatever he'll find in his office, that no matter what life throws at him, he's "been there, done that." He's stunned speechless and gaping by what he actually finds, though: instead of the expected crate, or perhaps two, of the Sweat Inducer potion he had Rigel brewing, there are 33 crates containing over a thousand doses. It turns out that Rigel has extraordinary magic reserves, so "brew as much as you can in two weeks" resulted in a lot more than Snape bargained for.
  • The Sanctuary Telepath: Janine has been alive for more than a century and she's a telepath. Add a brother who can teleport, an antagonistic energy elemental, a best-friend-slash-on-and-off-lover who inspired Sherlock Holmes and free access to the Sanctuary Network and you get the woman who discovered that her enemy can (sort of) jump through time and simply called it a "lame trick". Then kicked his ass.
  • By the time Suzaku first loops in Screw You Fate, I'm Going Home, Lelouch has lived for over two thousand years and is completely apathetic towards the world and its conflicts, brushing off Suzaku's suggestion they Set Right What Once Went Wrong, knowing it doesn't work. When Suzaku asks about killing Euphemia, Lelouch coldly states he arranged her massacre to galvanize the world against Britannia, before remembering that in his first life, he had a conscience and wouldn't have done it on purpose.
  • The Secret Return of Alex Mack: Alex eventually reaches a level where she refers to Nigh-Invulnerable man-eating silicate monsters, who double in number every six hours, as "a headache", and a 150-foot tarantula is only the third-scariest thing she's seen.
  • Servants of Remnant: After all his adventures as a Counter Guardian and as a Servant of Chaldea, Kiritsugu Emiya isn't fazed by the Grimm and Salem.
  • Riot's host in Six Months Missing brushes off his rants and threats due to both a hard life and the various superpowered beings that have shown up on earth, even snarking at him at times.
  • When Nick Fury meets the TMNT in Spider Ninja, he doesn't seem too shocked and simply gets down to recruiting them to SHIELD.
  • In A Sunny Day in DC, the Justice League not only has protocols in place for people from parallel dimensions, they even have pamphlets for them. So when Supergirl meets a male Kryptonian who was a man changed into a version of her before being changed into a male again, she just wonders if he has her memories and tells him that everyone in the League has encountered at least one alternate version of themselves.
  • Xander quickly reaches this point in Tales from the Barman. Given that he's visited from beings from all dimensions and realities (not all of which enter through the front door), if anyone asks where they are, Xander will give the bar's name, city, country, and planet along with the day's date including year. At one point he's nearly attacked by Tsunade and one of her Anbu when he opens the closet they're currently in; Xander tells them to feel free to either stay in the closet or come out and have a drink but would they mind getting off him and passing the floor cleaner?
  • Xander has seen and done enough in nearly thirty years of being a demon hunter in Things Unseen, Things Unknown, and Things Yet to Be that the idea of a race of aliens participating in a battle royale because of an insane CEO is only a little weird.
  • In This Bites!:
    • The Yagara bulls of Water 7 are experienced enough that not only do they barely blink at attempted hijackings, they consider members of "the Union" to be newbies until they get in their first high speed chase.
    • Discussed and implied when Cross charges into a fight against zombies on a zombie cyborg T-Rex that breathes fire, and the sight causes Vivi to grabs a bottle of alcohol before Nami snatches it before the princess could develop a habit. Lola, a former New World resident, tells her that if she drinks for every madness on the level of Cross's current antics, she'll have her liver rotted by the time the Straw Hats reach the New World.
  • Said word for word by a newsstand owner in Trixcord, after telling Discord to buy that newspaper if he wants to keep reading it.
  • Vow of the King: Multiple shinigami are initially dismissive of Ichigo's attack on Soul Society, stating they've lived through far worse.
  • In The War Is Far from Over Now, the legal department of Stark Industries used to freak out over Tony's actions, but by the time of his apparent death in Iron Man 3, they refused to even consider Tony was dead without his dead body in front of them. Come the events of Thor: The Dark World, the legal department just rolls their eyes at the whole thing and gets to work.
    • Likewise the R&D department is not only completely used to Tony's antics, but he actually fits right in with them. While less often the things they develop are just as unusual as the things Tony does. When someone accidentally causes a fire that doesn't go out with water or a fire extinguisher, the other techs just curiously wonder if he managed to recreate Greek fire.
  • Having spent decades fighting the forces of darkness before getting sent back in time, Xander in War-Torn Xander admits that the stuff he used to think he'd never be able to forget for how surreal it was eventually became just another day at the office. Unfortunately this also means he's having trouble remembering the various threats they face because of how mundane the eventually seemed in retrospect.
  • Twilight Sparkle and Spike in We Can Do This Forever eventually get bored seeing a new Bad Future every few minutes and start playing chess to pass the time. After they finally beat Starlight Glimmer, Twilight tells her friends that eventually all she felt about seeing another post-apocalyptic Equestria was curiosity if there'd be anything new this time.
  • A Wild Badfic Appeared! Commentaries:
    • This is Ness's general attitude to a lot of the weirdness the crew encounters. This is quite understandable, considering how much of a Widget Series the game and series he hails from is famous for being even by Nintendo standards, and how he was apparently written to reflect his game's snarky, mature but childish tone. After all, after one has literally seen and fought a living pile of vomit and an evil cult who wants to paint the world blue (not to mention is currently staying at a mansion run by two magic, giant, almighty floating hands, inhabited by loads and loads of people and fantastical creatures with often superhuman powers from all over the multiverse, from worlds with varying rules on reality, so they can duke it out in magic arenas), it would indeed probably take quite a bit to surprise them.
      Ness: Meh, still seen weirder!
    • Ike and to a slightly lesser extent Samus Aran also have this general worldview, albeit in a somewhat different way from Ness; they've witnessed and been involved in so much in their careers as a mercenary/general and intergalactic bounty hunter respectively that nothing really shocks them anymore, whether it be casual brutal violence, boneheaded politics, or blatant racism, and thanks to it are able to very casually talk about rather disturbing subjects. When it comes to pure weirdness, however, they can sometimes still express confusion, considering how their series are some of the less weird games represented in Super Smash Bros..
      Ike: I swear, I'm being hit with a serious case of Deja vu right now.
    • Many of the characters actually express some degree of this, some more than others, being video game characters; party members have, at varying points, casually talked about who has slayed a god before, going up against their respective games' villains' world-changing evil plot of the week, battle strategy and ways to efficiently kill the most amount of people, dimensional travel, and many, many other things, ignoring or just accepting concepts that would be seen as strange to any normal reader; some things are just perceived as weirder than others according to the character. The Smashers even have a mantra for the things in Smash that somehow manage to weird them out; "It's Master Hand, just accept it." Erika is often the designated one to provide reactions from the perspective of a normal earthling, being technically the only non-video game character (despite being a voluntary shapeshifter Mii who can turn into an electric flying squirrel Pokémon), and even she seems to be an experienced fandom lurker, having bore witness to fandom, political, and general internet weirdness enough times to react with boredom towards quite a bit of it.
  • Every single looper in the The Infinite Loops continuity. They've been through so many different iterations of different loops that nothing even fazes them anymore.
    • One particularly notable example occurs in an elevator loop with Leia and Vader - they've been through so many different loops that when they accidentally walk in on Cthulhu pretending to be a Jedi, they only get mild headaches while the non-looping Tarkin ends up completely mentally broken.
  • There Was Once an Avenger From Krypton: Many of the characters start moving towards this mindset as more supernatural stuff starts coming out of the woodwork following the Battle of New York. Danny's response to hearing that Nico's a Greek demigod is that it sounds just ridiculous enough to be true.
  • Thinking In Little Green Boxes presents the Marvel Universe as a whole as this — and yet another reason why the Masquerade is detrimental to the Wizarding World rather than beneficial, since no one would really care about the hidden society of wizards and it's keeping said society from being informed on many of the world's going-ons. Sure enough, when Harry breaks the masquerade by convincing the Ministry to televise the Triwizard Tournament, people are far more interested in betting on the outcome of said tournament than the fact an entire hidden society was revealed to them.
  • Ruby in War of Remnant: A RWBY Anthology is this in regards to Qrow’s drinking. She’s had to deal with it since she was a child, and when he comes to the Mistral Dorm with Oscar in tow before passing out, she’s mildly annoyed before attempting to wake him up.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Forrest Gump: Having met JFK (as an All-American running back) and LBJ (as a Vietnam vet), Forrest finds it hard to work up enthusiasm for meeting Nixon (as a ping pong diplomat):
    "So I went to the White House again, and met the President again..."
  • Men in Black:
    • Agent K is the primary example of this. He monitors and fights aliens from around the universe; what we consider weird, he considers just another day on the job.
    • J became one in the second film. By this point he's no longer a rookie and the flashy thing is no longer a novelty.
    • One of the reasons the filmmakers chose to set most of the movie in New York is that it’s the one place in America where so many different and unusual people can coexist without most people paying any attention. After all a seven foot tall pale man with a bulging forehead meeting a man with his cat for lunch at a restaurant while speaking a very strange language would likely get attention anywhere else. In New York everyone else just went about their business.
  • The title character of Mad Max has Seen it All by the second film. He doesn't blink when a dead body flops out of a truck and onto him and he watches calmly through a telescope while a woman is raped and killed. During the climactic chase scene, he's driving a truck with one hand while reloading a shotgun with his right when he realizes a small child is clinging to the outside of his speeding vehicle. He casually puts the shotgun shell in his mouth, grabs the kid with one hand, and lifts him up, over, and into the passenger seat.
  • Agent Simmons from the Transformers movie. Optimus Prime even noted that they weren't surprised to see the Autobots, they just didn't expect them to show up. He does seem to be surprised at one thing in the sequel though: that Wheelie has been somehow "tamed" by Mikaela.
    Simmons: All my life I've been searching for aliens. And you've got one tied on a leash like a little Chihuahua.
  • In the 1980's blockbuster film "Crocodile" Dundee, the titular character and his love interest are held up at knife point by some New York City thugs wielding switchblades; instead of being frightened and bartering for their lives to be spared, he simply calmly proclaims "That's not a knife", then pulls out a Bowie knife and adds "Now that's a knife." Then the thugs run away in terror.
  • In Groundhog Day, Phil Connors finds himself stuck in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and reliving Groundhog Day every single time he wakes up. He kills himself multiple times, but each time he wakes up at 6:00 am like nothing happened. Eventually, he decides to use his situation for good and he takes to memorizing the events of the day and getting to know everyone in the town. This eventually leads to him obtaining a vast knowledge of everything that happens and everyone in the town.
  • Invoked in The Hangover Part II:
    "I'm Mike Tyson. What haven't I seen?"
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Agent Coulson, a top agent for S.H.I.E.L.D., appears to have this experience. He's very calm and flat in his demeanor around others, even if they happen to be demigods or monsters of science gone wrong. When he has to call one of his agents, who is currently playing possum in order to get some info from some criminals, she audibly cleans house on her captors over the phone while he nonchalantly waits for her to finish, as if on hold and listening to filler music. Notably, this trait is a case of Character Development throughout the entire Marvel cinematic universe. In his first appearance in Iron Man, he was rather nervous and unsure of himself, though that is implied to be an act to get the egotistical Tony to underestimate him as a bumbling agent. Each subsequent film added more and more to his confidence until he's killed by Loki in The Avengers. Though he does get off a very nice Pre-Mortem One-Liner before he goes.
    • Captain America thinks he's this. Nick Fury is happy to show him otherwise.
      Cap: At this point, I doubt anything would surprise me.
      Nick Fury: Ten bucks says you're wrong.
    • Cap witnesses an entire aircraft carrier sprout propellers and take to the skies. Fury wins the bet.
    • By the time of Avengers: Infinity War the MCU as a whole has reached a point where people just take crazy things in stride:
      • The bus driver is unperturbed about an alien ship that is frightening the students on his bus.
      • Tony is more surprised by seeing Banner again than he is by Doctor Strange's sudden introduction via a magic portal.
      • Tony also doesn't bother questioning how he's meeting another human being from Earth on a distant planet, accompanied by a blue alien and a yellow-ish alien with antennae.
      • Peter Parker doesn't even question or blink an eye at Tony summing up the situation as, "He's from space. He came here to steal a necklace from a wizard."
      • Steve's reaction to meeting Groot for the first time is to simply and politely introduce himself.
      • Likewise, Bucky seems similarly nonchalant about fighting back-to-back with a gun-toting raccoon, only telling him that he won't sell him his gun or metal arm when asked.
      • Even Rhodey, whose last three appearances had him flabbergasted at fire-breathing villains, flying intangible androids, and Giant-Man, doesn't stop to question things like Thor showing up with a gun-toting raccoon and a talking tree this time.
      • By Thor: Love and Thunder even the muggles started to don't blink with weird things. It's telling that Arishem showing up in Earth's orbit doesn't send people into a mass panic attack. And, of course, New Asgard becomes a resort town, which makes the muggles even more used to aliens of all kinds.
      • In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, there's a minotaur with green fur learning magic in Kamar-Taj. No one blinks seeing him.
    • Lampshaded by Natasha in Avengers: Endgame after Scott pitches Time Travel as a solution
      Natasha: I get e-mails from a raccoon. Nothing sounds crazy anymore.
  • In the last ten minutes of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Jax has this response when he sees Liu Kang and Shao Khan turn into their Animalities.
    "Well now I've seen everything."
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
    • The unnamed cabbie, who doesn't even blink when Raphael flips over his cab.
      Man in cab: What the hell was that?
      Cabbie: Looked like a big turtle in a trench coat. You're going to La Guardia, right?
    • Likewise, the pizza-delivery man whose main reaction to delivering a pizza to someone in a sewer is irritation that they shortchanged him and grumbling about needing a new route.
  • Dredd: All the events of the movie, perspective-shattering as they may be to Anderson and which ended with an entire drug cabal toppled and about a hundred criminals dead, just qualify as yet another "drug bust" to Dredd himself. At most, the fact they were extremely heavily armed, almost killed him and actually managed to bribe fellow judges merits a mention that the perps were uncooperative. The director specifically wanted the film to be just another day in the life of Dredd, which to everyone else is one hell of a thing.
  • Mr. White, an experienced record manager for the Play-Tone label, in That Thing You Do!. Though he's largely a Benevolent Boss, he also sees the fracture lines in the Wonders long before they do themselves. When the band breaks up immediately after their first TV appearance he takes it in stride, calmly informing Guy that the band is technically in breach of contract, but that no legal action will be taken—one-hit wonders like them happen all the time.

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy:
    • Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged from Life, the Universe and Everything, who was cursed with eternal life. He's watched every single movie in existence thousands of times, and has grown so bored he's resolved to insult every single person in the universe — in alphabetical order.
    • There's also a scene in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe where Zaphod tells a Megadodo Publications desk clerk, "Don't you try to outweird me, three-eyes, I get stranger things than you free with my breakfast cereal."
    • And of course Arthur Dent himself eventually becomes this.
  • Detective Inspector Jack Spratt of Jasper Fforde's Nursery Crime series. Years of dealing with crime among Reading's population of Nursery Rhyme characters means that he hardly bats an eyelid over prosecuting the Three Little Pigs for killing the "Big Bad" Wolf, or investigating who killed Humpty Dumpty.
  • Miracle Max from The Princess Bride, on being given a corpse to revive.
    Max: I've seen worse.
  • Lheorvine from Black Legion mentions casually that he's seen greater battles since the Siege of Terra. Given how the Siege involved half of the galaxy's military, the largest fleets ever assembled and teeming hordes of ancillary units, he must've seen one hell of battles.
    • Similarly, Khayon says that after the Legion Wars, there's little that may shock a Chaos Astarte.
  • G. K. Chesterton's Father Brown, a little round priest who has seen it all, and somehow forgiven everyone. In his first story, "The Blue Cross," when the great thief Flambeau waylays him, Father Brown has seen it coming, and has already outsmarted Flambeau before the finale. He has planned out counters for techniques so criminal and horrific that even Flambeau is shocked. The man is Crazy-Prepared.

    The man, as he points out himself, sits in the confessional, and listens to people telling him about the horrible things they do. He's not likely to be naive. (Indeed, Chesterton was inspired to create the character after overhearing two Cambridge students commenting on the "innocent and ignorant" life of a priest — who happened to be Chesterton's friend and earlier that day had been talking with him about the horrors of crime.)
  • Robert E. Howard's Conan has traveled from the frozen wastes of Asgard and Vanaheim (Scandinavia) to the southern jungles of Kush (Central Africa), from beyond the Barachan isles in the west (the Canary islands) to Vendhya (India) in the east, has been a thief, a mercenary, a pirate, a tribal chieftain (of four different tribes in four different parts of the world) and a general all around adventurer before becoming king by his own hand and has fought sorcerers, demons, apemen and giants and discovered lost cities. Lampshaded by Thulsa Doom in one of the later stories, as Conan recounts his experiences and Doom calls Conan a liar as no-one could have lived through so many adventures in the thirty or so years Conan has been alive.
  • Lucy from Someone Else's War has this attitude, along with an air of general defeat, a direct result from having spent her entire life with the Lord's Resistance Army as an unwilling captive.
  • The Dresden Files:
    • Wizards eventually develop into this. Harry's been getting there faster than others, but that's because he's on the front line more. It's remarked that (in his 40s-50s, barely a child by wizard standards) he's seen as much as people several times his age. A wizard's Sight not only lets him see the truer nature of things, but never lets him forget it. They will always have the memory, perfectly clear, and even thinking about the subject can trigger a re-viewing.
    • At one point, Harry encounters a true Eldritch Abomination that preys on fear. When he gets to safety, he meditates and reviews all of the myriad horribly ugly and terribly beautiful things he's seen with his Sight, reminding himself that he fits this trope so that he can return to the fight. Later, he muses that he's seen so much that even remembering seeing that monster with his Sight only gives him slight pause now.
    • At one point, an Entropy Curse guided by someone with a really twisted imagination and ham-fisted flair for the dramatic tried to kill someone with a frozen turkey falling from an airplane and spearing the target. The target, Harry, and a bunch of Black Court Vampires were brawling it out, and when the turkey hit, the whole fight stopped. As Harry pointed out, even the nigh-immortal supernatural world can't have truly seen it all.
  • A phrase from the Book of Ecclesiastes from The Bible, which is believed to be from the third or fourth century BC, makes it almost Older Than Dirt:
    What has been will be again,
    what has been done will be done again;
    there is nothing new under the sun.
  • Subverted in one of the Able Team novels when a smirking Egyptian police officer warns some American embassy officials who are about to enter a terrorist safehouse that's been attacked by Able Team that the bodies haven't been covered up yet. The CIA man casually responds that he's seen everything, only to throw up on catching sight of the Ludicrous Gibs inside.
  • Only to be expected in a story featuring vampires and werewolves, but Unique also has Granny Helga. Who has fought "Nazis and vampires and werewolves and demons and demonic Nazi vampire werewolves," and has some very entertaining stories regarding the Third Reich's more outlandish research projects to show for it.
  • Rincewind, Cosmic Plaything of the Discworld, has become this in later books. In The Globe: The Science of Discworld II, he's not at all fazed to see himself from an alternate future because by that point in his life he's seen far more disturbing things.
  • Sandokan: Yanez and the other Tigers of Mompracem are apparently bored by the sight of Sandokan crippling an ironclad cruiser with a single grenade or breaking shackles with zero effort.
  • Kyon from Haruhi Suzumiya. He even complains in his head that weird stuff is normal to him now.
  • Maiza Avaro from Baccano! is an example, both because of some traumatic experiences and because he's been around long enough to have seen it all.
  • In Durarara!!, Kasuka Heiwajima's deadpan stoicism never lets up even in the worst or most ridiculous of situations. Oddly enough it doesn't seem to have been caused by growing up with Shizuo, a Person of Mass Destruction, as a brother, since he had the deadpan expression even when Shizuo first lifted a fridge to try and crush him.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
    • Phil Coulson, the original Seen It All man of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is the show's main character, so this comes up from time to time. Upon setting foot on an alien planet in Season 3, his only response is "I'll be damned. Tatooine". In Season 4, he's the only one that doesn't react with an Oh, Crap! upon seeing Robbie Reyes transform into Ghost Rider the first time. Because he had met a Ghost Rider earlier.
    • Melinda May is a lesser example, as she went on many of Coulson's early missions and saw many of the same things Coulson did, but she's also very stoic and doesn't show much in the way of emotion. In Season 6, when told that an alien is jumping between bodies, her response is "Of course there is".
    • Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie tries to be this. In the premiere of Season 5, when Team Coulson finds themselves on a space station, Mack just grumbles that “Yeah, that makes sense, it's the one thing we haven't done yet”. But after a little time of processing, he starts getting a little freaked out and declares that he's quitting after they escape, and is taking his girlfriend Elena Rodriguez with him. Coulson points out that Mack already has resigned in the past (back in Season 2) and is still with the team.
    • The entire team becomes this over time, best illustrated by the moment in Season 5 where they discover that a missing warship is floating in mid-air and react with near-disinterest. Turns out you can only cross time-space to other planets, gain superpowers, fight your own robot doubles, storm virtual realities, travel to the future (and back) to avert a Bad Future, and meet various aliens for so long before becoming hopelessly jaded.
      Jemma: We could be enslaved by an alien sociopath in a dystopian future.
      Mack: Or trapped in a virtual-reality fascist state.
      Elena: Or fighting a crazy robot lady.
      Fitz: Or stuck in the bottom of the ocean.
      Jemma: Or falling out of a plane.
      Mack: Or fighting Daisy's mom.
      Coulson: Or fighting Daisy's dad.
      May: Or dancing.
    • In the Season 6 finale, Enoch announces that Fitz and Simmons must do the hardest thing they have ever done and alter the natural course of their lives. This is eventually revealed to mean isolating themselves for several subjective years to figure out how to stop the time-traveling villains, and then separate with no guarantee of ever reuniting. FitzSimmons's sole reaction is resigned boredom.
      Simmons: Oh, that again.
  • Angel: The lawyers at Wolfram & Hart are so used to evil and/or supernatural beings that when Lilah sees a hideous demon materialize out of nowhere in her office, she politely tells him that he needs to make an appointment if he wants to speak with her.
  • Breaking Bad: Mike Ehrmantraut has been involved in the life of organized crime for so long that almost nothing fazes him. At one point, a chunk of his ear is shot off and his response is mild annoyance. This makes the points where he is shocked, such as when Walter reveals he put a hit on Gale, all the more noticeable.
  • Burn Notice: Michael Weston always knows what to do when things go wrong, he just doesn't know when they'll go wrong.
  • Dead Like Me: The reapers are, unsurprisingly, not fazed in the least by the deaths they witness every day, and don't even react to the many Necro Non Sequiturs with any more than a deadpanned "damn".
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Doctor has spent the last 2000+ years of their life travelling anywhere in space and time, and has been to (and saved) possibly billions of planets. Even before he reaches his first millennium he's run into this problem, which is why he has companions.
      Amy: Why am I here?
      The Doctor: Because... I can't see it anymore. I'm 907, and after a while you just can't... see it.
      Amy: See what?
      The Doctor: Anything. I look at a star, and all I see is a big ball of burning gas. And I know how it began and how it will end. And I was probably there both times. And after a while everything is just stuff. And that is the problem: You make all of space and time into your back yard, and what do you have? A back yard! But you, you can see it. And when you see it, I see it.
    • Nine, Ten, and Eleven turn into Doctor-y balls of Squee when something they haven't seen before pops up. Enemies familiar with the Doctor know that the one way to lure him into a trap is to present him with a mystery.
    • "Kerblam!": After a delivery robot from the titular Mega-Corp teleports on and off of the TARDIS, while it's in the Time Vortex, to give the Doctor a package, companion Graham has this to say:
      Graham: Space postmen. I've seen it all now.
  • Farscape: The crew of Moya are some. Crichton even lampshades it in one episode when he refers to aliens messing with their minds as "pulling a T'raltixx", in reference to a previous mindscrew. Scorpius is one as well. Nothing fazes him. Ever.
  • Get Smart: Maxwell Smart oozes this trope, especially in some of his Mad Libs catchphrases, to wit:
    • "That's the second biggest [whatever] I've ever seen."
    • "Of course, the old [incredibly specific description] trick!"
    • "That's the second time I've [or 'they've'] fallen for that this month/week/year!"
  • Heroes: Claude Rains, the invisible man, is a former Company Man in Black, invisible, and he has alluded to a hobby of randomly following people around, so he's seen a lot.
    Claude: People suck, friend! Never forget that!

    Claude: Everyone's like the rest— that's why they're the rest!
  • Legends of Tomorrow
    • Jonah Hex has already met the time traveler Rip Hunter and shared a few adventures with him, so he's not surprised by futuristic technology nor superpowers. The only thing that fazes him is seeing Firestorm in action, which makes him make the sign of the cross.
    • In season 2 Damian Darhk, a Really 700 Years Old Evil Sorcerer is also pretty unfazed by meeting the Legends in 1942, and the episode "Compromised", his reaction to seeing Obsidian, a metahuman capable of controlling and even becoming darkness, is a mild "huh".
    • As the show goes on, the crew get less and less fazed by the srange circumstances they face, or its potential ramifications on the timeline. Instead, they treat the events more and more like a regular 9-5.
  • Leverage: This is the key reason Elliot is Nate's go-to guy for information on how a front-line physical battle is going to play out. More often than not, The Hitter's analysis is correct.
  • M*A*S*H has Father Mulcahy discussing a change in his ministry with the war's conclusion.
    Mulcahy: Of course, not doing parish work, I'll miss hearing confession. But after listening to you people for so long, I think I've just about heard it all.
  • NCIS:
    • Not only has Ducky seen it all, he'll happily tell anyone within earshot all about it. He once uses this trope to make McGee comfortable enough to reveal the poison ivy rash on his, er...well, you know...
    • Ziva's first case with the team (not including Ari Haswari) involves a Marine dressed as a Civil War soldier, shot with a musket, and Buried Alive in an antique casket. Tony and McGee tell her that it's not the strangest case they've investigated.
  • The Orville: After over a year in service, the titular ship has seen some strange things, to the point that the first officer's husband being accused of murdering his ex-boyfriend barely raises eyebrows.
    Talla: I mean, this has to be the most insane thing that's ever happened on this ship.
    Lamarr: One time I almost died because I humped a statue.
    Gordon: Isaac once cut my leg off.
    Lamarr: The captain and commander? They got put in a zoo.
    Gordon: And Bortus almost crashed the ship because of porn.
    Talla: ...I see.
  • Power Rangers: Dino Thunder: Tommy Oliver tends to give off this vibe, especially when he got captured by Mesogog before he got his powers for this season, as his reaction was to snark at him with a very visible lack of panic. Then again, this has been Tommy's fifth ranger identity; not even the average power ranger at the end of their tenure can compare to what he's been through, hence he's called the "Greatest Ranger Ever".
  • Quincy, M.E.: The opening credits show a group of rookie officers (perhaps as part of their training) meeting with the series' title character, who explains his profession and how to handle viewing a dead body for the first time. He reveals the dead body, and one by one all of the rookies pass out, vomit, etc. Quincy, however, simply grabs his tools and goes about his work as though nothing was amiss ... it is implied he had seen much worse before.
  • Revolution: Miles Matheson, of the Weary Traveller variety. Being a marine sergeant before the blackout and being the number two man in the Monroe Republic for years after the blackout would do that to him ("No Quarter").
  • Stargate SG-1: Everybody in the later seasons. At one point, General Hammond believes Daniel's claim that he has intelligence information from a dream he had, and explains his credulity with, "The things I've heard sitting in this chair..." Keep in mind he's talking to someone who's died, Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence, and then came Back from the Dead, twice. This trope is nicely lampshaded when the other team members express surprise at Daniel's immediate belief in a teenager who claims to be their teammate Jack, somehow youthened about 30 years in his sleep for no apparent reason, in "Fragile Balance."
    Daniel: Stranger things have happened.
    Teal'c: Name but one.
    Daniel Jackson: Well, there was the time he got really old; the time he became a caveman; the time we all swapped bodies....
  • Star Trek: Sometimes happens in later installments of the franchise. When something odd happens, they promptly check for everything odd that's happened before, up to and including parallel universes and time travel.
    Janeway: We're Starfleet officers. "Weird" is part of the job.
    • Played for Laughs in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Message in a Bottle", when Voyager's Doctor meets the EMH of the USS Prometheus. Voyager's Doctor shares some of his past experiences, which include having sexual intercourse, much to the amazement of Prometheus' Doctor.
  • Stranger Things:
    • After the events of the first season, all the main characters more or less accept the unnatural events going on in Hawkins without question. Steve in particular just rolls with everything weird going toward him after surviving the Demogorgon in the first season finale. In Season 2, after Dustin learns that his pet Dart is a juvenile Demogorgon, Steve asks if he's sure Dart isn't a lizard. After Dustin tells Steve that Dart's face opened like a flower and ate his cat, Steve just pauses with a look on his face that says "okay, that probably isn't a lizard". In Season 3, after learning about the Mind Flayer's physical body in the real world, he reviews the facts, with a tone that is less incredulous, and more just wanting to make sure that he has all the facts straight. He even slightly chides Robin to "try and keep up" when she expresses surprise about Eleven's powers, as if it's totally normal for a girl to have powers. This trope is likely why Steve is so accepting of Robin being lesbian despite the homophobic nature of the setting, after all learning that is no where near the "weirdest" thing to ever happen to him.
    • In Season 4, Mike, Will, and Jonathan bury a dead man in the desert very calmly while a friend of Jonathan's loudly freaks out.
  • Supernatural:
    • The writers like to lampshade the main characters' casual professionalism every now and then. One example is the fourth season episode "Death takes a Holiday", where the Winchesters discuss what they know of their latest case (an Adventure Town where everyone is suddenly immortal):
      Sam: It seems like the last person to actually die around here was this boy a couple of months ago; we should probably start by contacting him.
      Dean: ...I love how matter-of-factly you just said that. Our lives are weird.
    • Another example is when they travel back in time to the 1800s because they need the help of veteran hunter Samuel Colt (yes that Samuel Colt). Upon Sam meeting him, and proving who he is with his cell phone, Colt is completely unfazed; when questioned on it, he says "When you've done this job as long as I have, a giant from the future with some magic brick doesn't exactly give you the vapours."
    • In an episode of season ten, Dean is abducted, magically de-aged into a fourteen year-old, and locked in a cell in a basement, along with an ordinary woman (also de-aged). The woman is naturally pretty freaked out. Dean is annoyed.
    • Averted in "The End". When Dean is told that his brother is Lucifer's intended Meat Puppet he takes it entirely in stride, citing this trope. But when he travels to a Bad Future and actually encounters Lucifer inhabiting Sam's body, it's an entirely different matter.
  • Tales of the Gold Monkey: Then there's Bon-Chance Louis of this short lived and much regretted show who owed his name to having overslept his appointment with the guillotine and dropped little remarks implying he'd been everywhere and done everything.
  • Upright Citizens Brigade: Played with. One episode featured an ongoing thread in which various couples keep looking at a great house for sale, only to be driven mad after looking into the bucket!. Another plot thread involved a grizzled Defective Detective. When his case eventually brings him to the house he looks in the bucket, looks up at the sky and yells "Don't you think I know that!"
  • In an episode of Who's the Boss?, Angela is in a funk when Tony tells her that her assistant talked smack about her behind her back. When she tells this to her mother, she correctly guesses the exact insult ("A two-bit tramp who slept her way to the top"), saying that's what all men say about women in a higher position.

  • The song "I've Seen It All" from Dancer in the Dark, sung by the main character, who's going blind.
  • Invoked on Indio Solari's "Ciudad Baigón", from El Tesoro de los Inocentes:
    "Muchos infiernos diversos vinote 
    y sin embargo yo aquí pateonote ."

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    Tabletop Games 
  • Sadly, a recurring problem is challenging PCs when the players have Seen It All, especially if the Game Master hasn't.
  • In Warhammer, this combined with When I Was Your Age... was why Dwarf Longbeards were immune to Panic tests. The one time the Longbeards admitted that they hadn't seen anything like what they were going through, it was a clear sign that the situation was dire indeed.
  • The GURPS advantage Unfazeable is meant to reflect this trope. You become immune to intimidation and to fright checks... not because you're incapable of those emotions (that's a different Advantage), but because you're used to this sort of thing.

    Video Games 
  • In Knights of the Old Republic, Canderous Ordo, after The Reveal, makes a comment that, "Remember, we're talking about the Force here. At any moment, Malak could fall from the sky and I wouldn't bat an eyelash."
  • Happens a lot to anyone playing any MMORPG, due to the anonymous nature of the users. Anyone can say anything they want, and do, e.g. "I hope your (loved one) gets (expletive) and (action) down the (undesirable region)". Hence being called anything in the real world would perhaps earn an lol from any experienced MMO veteran.
  • In The Witcher 3, Geralt, and pretty much any other experienced Witcher you come across, has seen pretty much everything "post conjunction creatures" have to offer. To the point that him inquiring about a panicked client's monster problems sounds a lot like a bored pest control worker noting the presence of ants. Geralt in particular had been through so much political turmoil over the course of the franchise that devious political machinations, psychotic kinds, witch hunts, and other intrigues elicit simply weary annoyance from him by the end.
  • In Soul Calibur VI, the very same Geralt of Rivia proves just as unperturbed by being thrown through a dimensional rift into a new world. Aside from switching from slaying monsters to slaying malfested, he pretty much goes about snarking and fighting, business as usual, until he finds a sorcerer powerful enough to get him back home.
  • Mass Effect:
    • In the DLC for Mass Effect 2, Shepard and Liara both became ones.
      Shepard: Be ready. I wouldn't be surprised if this summoned a Reaper.
      Liara: How many guards does the Shadow Broker have?
      Shepard: Told ya.
    • In the main game, there's also Matriarch Aethyta. She's only a one shot NPC, but she outright says that she's seen it all and her stories back it up. Living for a thousand years will do that to a person.
    • By Mass Effect 3, barely anything fazes Shepard anymore. Even finding out that Cerberus made a clone of him/her seems to annoy Shepard, more than genuinely shock him/her.
    • In Mass Effect 3, Mordin is a former special forces soldier and one of the galaxies leading bio-engineers in the field of advanced bioweapons, was a member of a theatre group that played old human musicals, and ran a free hospital in the worst slum of a backwater pirate haven after retirement, which he left behind to fight million year old cybernetic abominations in the galactic core. There really isn't much that he has not seen or done. His completely deadpan response to seeing Javik, who comes from a long extinct race, says it all:
      Mordin: A Prothean. Excellent.
      • Made even more remarkable by the fact that members of his species are stated to rarely live beyond the age of 40.
    • Every squad member in the Citadel DLC. They're all completely unimpressed with the mercenaries gunning for Shepard and just have fun curbstomping them. Even finding out that the mercenaries are led by a clone of Shepard doesn't faze them at all. The only thing that gets a little screwed up is their sentence phrasing. After that they just start lightly mocking Shepard about it.
    • Mass Effect: Andromeda has Nakmor Drack, a krogan so ancient that despite spending over 1,400 years as a soldier, mercenary, pirate, etc. and surviving all of it, the thing he's most likely to die from now is simply old age. He's also an exceptional cook.
      (The crew is having a movie night and discussing Hollywood Tactics for seizing a hostile ship.)
      Gil: Get one engineer aboard, cut life support and engines, problem solved.
      Cora: And leave them stuck on a hostile ship? One torpedo, over by lunch.
      Ryder: Fry their sensors, spacewalk on the hull, cut life support, rappel in, and take them hostage.
      Drack: Done it. Less exciting than it sounds.
      • On the other hand, the game also shows there's one thing left that can scare him: Ryder's driving.
  • Resident Evil:
    • Leon Kennedy in Resident Evil 4 has a brief moment of this partway through the game. After one of the villains undergoes a dramatic One-Winged Angel transformation and emerges as an enormous monster, Leon scoffs "Monsters. At least after this, there'll be one less to worry about." He's also surprised that the very first Mook he kills isn't a zombie, but doesn't seem to react at all when he learns they're being controlled by parasites. He also calls the Big Bad "small time" which would imply he doesn't think much of the mission at hand. Best of all when he calmly and matter-of-factly informs Ashley they need to escape because the whole island is going to explode. He takes it well; she does NOT:
    Ashley: IT'S GONNA WHAT?!!
    • Especially in Resident Evil 6. Just before he, Helena, Jake and Sherry fight the Ustanak, he takes one look at the 12-foot, claw-handed humanoid, mentally files it under "Implacable Men", and tells them, "Welcome to the club. You get used to it."
    • Chris Redfield, being other Resident Evil veteran also has his moments too in Resident Evil 5. In contrast with the newcomer Sheva who frequently showing some stress or even panicked when things went south especially during early game, Chris responses to it are always in calm and composed tone. Later in the game when they fight the gigantic Uroboros Aheri, he even said "Why do I always feel like I'm trapped in a monster movie..." in an annoyed but completely calm and rather snarky tone.
  • All four of the characters in Left 4 Dead are like this, which is shown in detail in the comic, where they constantly have to explain things to the (in theory better trained) CEDA officers. Left 4 Dead 2 shows the new characters gradually becoming this.
  • The immortal Little Miss Snarker Rachel Alucard from BlazBlue begins the series with a serious case of seen-it-all-inspired boredom, owing partially to her age and partially to the fact that she has literally seen it all before, and she may well be subjected to it all again if you select "Continue" one more time, you sadist.
  • Dragon Age:
    • In Dragon Age: Origins, the Warden can end up becoming this by Witch Hunt, which considering what they see by this point (Flemeth, The Mother, The Architect, The Archdemon, a dwarven Paragon from a thousand years ago, dragons, thousands of darkspawn, demons and undeads, the whole Golems of Amgarrak thing...) you can say that nothing surprised them anymore.
    • In Dragon Age II, most of the characters show signs of having seen it all, Hawke and Varric in particular.
    • Varric's become even more this trope by the time of Dragon Age: Inquisition, as evidenced by his official character trailer. He witnesses the catastrophe which kicks off the plot, a terrifying event which leaves literally thousands of people dead and the world in chaos. His response?
      "Oh... not again."
  • Most of the characters in Persona 4: Arena display this, and for good reason. Though it stands out more for the P4 cast due to the action taking place in their old stomping grounds.
  • Dawn of War: Zigzagged with the Kasrkins. Hailing from a planet that is literally next door to hell and where there are more soldiers than civilians (enrollment rate is well above 70% and all civilians have serious military training), they have seen the worst of combat and are basically just below Space Marines in all-around toughness, and most of their lines tell you that they've already done what you're telling them to do. However, they aren't immune to morale damage, and one of their lines in case this happens is "In all my years I have never seen them do that!".
  • In Dishonored, the Outsider just seems very bored throughout the entire game, with a few rare exceptions. Considering he's at least several thousand years old and can see all possible futures, you can understand why he acts like he's seen literally everything.
  • Anyone with some serious Fighting Game experience is bound to show several shades of this. Prepare to have your ass served on a silver platter to an experienced Marvel vs. Capcom 3 player.
  • Almost everyone notes the utter absurdity of fighting mythological dragons with giant robots in Super Robot Wars V. However, Sousuke Sagara takes the entire affair seriously, saying he'll target at whatever he believes is a weak point. Al notes that Sousuke is taking the situation surprisingly well, and Sousuke tells him that he's been through so much weirdness that he doesn't think anything will surprise him anymore.
  • As for Super Robot Wars: Original Generation, the Steel Dragon Battalion and its allies have seen all types of alien invasions and monsters that they just roll with what they get and shoot the bad guys down, leaving the newcomers to be surprised at how calm they seem to be.
  • Tybir from Torment: Tides of Numenera has already seen it all and slept with a fair bit of it, and whatever oddness the Ninth World throws at him, he usually has a comment relating to it. Even when he is physically dragged into the Labyrinth, he notes it's not the first time he's been in such a place.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, this is the motivation for why the Ebony Warrior seeks the Dragonborn out and challenges them. He really has seen everything, and has been looking for someone worthy enough to end his life and send him to Sovngarde with honor.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog has been through so much and seen so many crazy things by the time of Sonic Generations that the situation with the Time Eater and being trapped in the White Space gets little reaction from him.
    Tails: Totally strange.
    Sonic: No stranger than rescuing genies in magic books, or saving aliens in an interstellar amusement park.
  • The three player characters of the Detectives United series are, separately and together, occult detectives who routinely deal with things like ghosts, time travel, and other supernatural happenings. As a result, they are very much this trope, and it's unusual for anything to take them by surprise. It does happen occasionally, but not nearly as often as it would for muggles.
  • Hollow Knight: There exists a minor NPC called Mister Mushroom. When spoken to with the right charm, he gradually explains that he's seen the fall of multiple kingdoms, and that Hallownest was one of many Wyrm-created kingdoms that was destroyed.
    ...Wyrms pull bugs into their thrall,
    Till ages pass and kingdoms fall,
    Caps and shells may fall to dust,
    But Mr Mushroom readjusts...
  • River City Girls 2 shows that Double Dragon's Marian got this mindset prior to training herself. She had been an archetypical Damsel in Distress for so long that her constant needing to be rescued by the Lee brothers has left her bored. Case in point, her only reaction to being kidnapped by robots is to text on her phone.

  • Girl Genius:
    • The former Seneschal of Mechanicsburg has seen it all: "Don't try to boggle me, Mr. Talking Cat. This is MECHANICSBURG. You are by no means the strangest thing in this town!"
    • Dr. Sun, too. He's been a doctor in a world of mad science for so long not even the strangest and direst injuries bother him; offering him a severed head as the patient to treat doesn't even make him blink.
    • Higgs as well. He's looked worried exactly twice: When he accidentally insulted Zeetha, and when two Sparks were getting waaaay too excited about their "experiments". He's been there to see the worst, since he's been around for centuries on end to watch Europa go to hell again and again, and as a result he's usually just bored.
    • Moloch isn't fazed by the mass destruction going on around him, but by the shocked appearance on everyone else's face when they see Agatha's new lightning gun in action.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court:
    • Antimony was practically raised by The Guides, so she's almost completely unfazed by the supernatural. For example, compare Kat's reaction to Ketrak with Annie's complete lack of a reaction.
      • And then comes the 'Realm Of The Dead', where the reactions are switched, although this is due to Kat's Weirdness Censor, as typified in this page.
    • Jones, likely because of her being an extreme Time Abyss and having more than enough time to witness it all thanks to it. Apparently the fact that she has only seen something similar is greatly disturbing.
    • While he didn't start off as this, there's Jack. His only response to a really pissed-off Reynardine is " have a, uh, large wolf with you. Okay. Cool. Nice flowers." He was visibly startled, but he took it in stride.
  • 8-Bit Theater:
    • Sarda has literally seen everything that ever happened or ever will happen. He has learned every bit of magic ever. You can't beat him, though you can (very rarely) surprise him with extreme stupidity. Fighter does it by announcing that he's a Drownball champ, Ranger with his quadruple-wield, and Bikke by simply tossing the Water Orb at Sarda after the latter told him he didn't even know how to use it.
    • By the end of the comic, Black Mage, Thief and Red Mage had even become aware of the basic jokes of the comic and could see them coming.
  • Mulder has this attitude in one of later episodes of Monster of the Week:
    Scully: So what, we're dealing with a vet[eran] who kills invisibly through Mind Control?
    Mulder: Nah, that already happened in Season 2.
    Scully: A vet who kills invisibly through psychic projection?
    Mulder: [smug] Season 3, Scully.
  • Sha'sana of Drowtales is one of the few surviving Dark Elves and shows very little expression, weariness at what the drow have become, and a certain smugness about the impending disaster of nearly every tainted drow in Chel losing control of her seeds while keeping Sharess' body in the Ninth Tower, which made many fans dislike her.
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: Bob has reached this point. Jean is getting there.
  • El Goonish Shive shows that being an old friend of a fledgling Mad Scientist is enough:
    Sarah: You don't consider goo coming to life news?!
    Elliot: Not after some of the stuff I've seen at Tedd's house...
  • Ida, the Mayor's assistant from The Word Weary, doesn't bat an eyelash when her boss trashes his office and throws his phone out the window.
  • In Looking for Group, Cale insists that seeing Richard hugging Fel-bunny to be the weirdest thing he's ever seen. It doesn't even make Benny's top five.
  • Pixie and Brutus: Brutus simply cannot be fazed; he was in the military, after all.
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: When a student approaches her old professor with an offer of Sextra Credit, he rebukes her because he's already done every possible perverted thing with his wife; keeping an active sex life for so long required a lot of creativity.
    Professor: Nothing you could do to me would even register as pleasure or pain.
  • Schlock Mercenary: The Toughs have been a lot of places and seen a lot of things, and they also have a fair amount of turnover. It's a regular occurrence for new recruits to boggle over the latest incredible event or artifact, followed by a more senior member being rather less boggled. Alternately, the Villain of the Week might think they're Dropping the Bombshell, but don't get quite the amount of shock, horror, or fear they expected.
    • General Tagon is kidnapped, he has his head cut off, put in a jar that keeps him conscious, and a transceiver is placed on what's left of his spine so that his torturers can directly induce pain to his system. He mostly treats the whole thing as little more than an inconvenience. Mostly.
      General Tagon: Damico said you were going to be using direct pain induction. What's with the knives?
      Torturer: Do sharp things make you nervous, General Tagon? Does the glint of cold, molaminated alloy send a chill up what's left of your spine?
      General Tagon: I've been tortured before, kid. This isn't my first time in a jar, and I've been hooked up to pain induction, too.
      Torturer: Ah, but has the pain induction system ever been hooked up to a headless monkey?
      General Tagon: [genuinely surprised] No, the monkey is new.
    • Professor Pau has been kidnapped by the mercenaries, and they make him show them all the horrible things he's been doing. He's convinced they're going to immediately kill him for being the galaxy's greatest monster, but they barely even care.
      Schlock: That's kind of icky, but naked headless zombie Xinchub was worse.
      Ennesby: Maybe we're just jaded, but your villainy is not particularly impressive.
    • While exploring a gigantic ancient space station, a squad encounters a wall the size of Mongolia. One of the old-timers speculates there are a dozen more like it:
      Mac: Wait... I can't see the edge of it, and you're asking me to believe there are more these?
      Legs: You weren't with us for the buuthandi. Engineering feats lose their punch after you've popped the containment system somebody built around a star.
    • Much later, after the AI they'd put in charge of that space station went insane, they discuss the consequences:
      Kathryn: We started a war involving millions of ships?
      Schlock: We've done this before. You get used to it.
    • Subverted with Bristlecone, later renamed Cindercone. She's a 600 years old warship AI that has seen her share of conflicts, has observed the galaxy evolve into a post-scarcity economy three times (and each time they found some basic commodity there wasn't enough of), and generally has more experience than most other characters. She even styles her avatar after an ancient, wise woman to make sure she gets the proper respect and conveys the amount of experience she has. But Tagon's Toughs get involved in so many events with earth-shattering revelations and just plain old weird, highly dangerous shit that she finds herself a bit out of her depth fairly quickly in their first mission together, and ends up needing Tagon's instruction to keep up tactics-wise.
  • Nerf NOW!!: This farmer is more annoyed than scared by the demons and undead.

    Web Original 
  • Survival Tips for S.H.I.E.L.D. Recruits: Just a natural effect of joining SHIELD.
    • Tip #500: Monumental occasions are near-daily occurrences. Get used to them, but try to retain a sense of wonder anyway.
    • Tip #451: Always remember that even when things seem dire, sometimes having faith in the impossible is exactly what works. In this job, the impossible happens all the time.
  • Shadowside: Few of the students of the Twin Campus would be surprised that the new guy is an anthropomorphic platypus or what have you.
  • In Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?, Papa Burch has this reaction to the kind of stuff Anthony's doing in Saints Row: The Third.
  • Losing the ability to be surprised by entertainment is one of Cracked's 5 Warning Signs That You're Finally Getting Older. Sustained intake of entertainment will ruin your life with or without TV Tropes.
  • Ask Alistair: Not only does Alistair have a set answer for strange situations, he frequently references precedent.
  • By the fourth installment of Don't Hug Me I'm Scared, the puppets are so used to inanimate objects coming to life and singing to them that they actually seem to be prodding the globe in the beginning to just get it over with.
  • Gary from Gary and His Demons has been in the demon hunting business long enough to retire, something that is near impossible due to how dangerous it is and has seen pretty much every trick in the book. In the first episode he gets into an argument with what he thinks is a shapeshifting demon disguised as an orphan over whether or not he really is an orphan and manages to win. In another he manages to distract a demon using a Hurricane of Puns by guessing what Pre-Mortem One-Liner he was going to use and daring him to come up with anything else that would fit the situation.
  • Jack Justice and Trixie Dixon, Girl Detective of Black Jack Justice have been at the private eye game for long enough that it's very hard for a run-of-the-mill case to surprise them. In fact, they regularly use this fact as a form of reassurance to their clients, whether to get them to open up by assuring the client that nothing he or she says could possibly shock them, or by using this fact to assure them that they can help.

    Western Animation 
  • Slappy Squirrel from Animaniacs has seen so much that's she nearly to the point of being all-knowing, and practically no-one she's pitted against has a chance of posing her a serious problem.
  • In The Batman, Alfred doesn't seem so surprised about dealing with aliens.
    Batgirl: How are you so calm, Alfred? Aliens! I'd think that would warrant at least one of your signature cocked eyebrows.
    Alfred: I keep house for a man who dresses like a bat and works in a cave. At this point in my life, there's little that fazes me.
  • Batman himself qualifies in Batman: The Animated Series. Considering how the most dangerous criminals in Gotham are people who like to dress in loud/flashy costumes and create elaborate schemes/death traps, its no wonder why there's little that can truly surprise him. If he sees something that actually shocks/horrifies him, then you ''know'' something bad's going on.
  • Jonah's no more fazed in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, where being in the future on an alien world, being forced to track down various species to fight, doesn't warrant much surprise. Batman's no stranger either, and seems to take time travel, galactic teleportation and mystic outer planes in his stride.
  • Similar to Slappy Squirrel above, Bugs Bunny knows the ins and outs of the cartoon world so well that he's totally unfazed by things that flagrantly defy the laws of physics, and almost never shows any sign of fear in dangerous situations, as he knows that he always wins. Whether his characterization in the original shorts falls into this trope is debatable, but Bob Clampett's "autobiography" of him erases any doubts by revealing that on the rare occasion that he does seem concerned, it's all an act; he always knows how the cartoon will end, he just likes to make a show until then.
    • Even his Catchphrase evokes this. There are many ways to react to a bald hunter shoving a gun in your face. Casually eating a carrot and asking "What's Up Doc?" was not what the original audience was expecting.
  • DC Animated Universe
    • Jonah Hex is portrayed this way in Justice League, where he not only isn't surprised by a group of time-traveling superheroes from the future, but he instantly figures it out. To a lesser extent, a bit earlier in Batman: The Animated Series. This bit of dialogue highlights it:
      Jonah Hex: Fancy gun belts you've got there. I'm thinking you folks are time travellers.
      Batman: Where would you get a crazy idea like that?
      Jonah Hex: Experience. I've had an interesting life.
      • In the same episode, Green Lantern thinks he is, but gets proven wrong.
        Smith: Be careful — there are some of the strangest things down at that ranch.
        Green Lantern: Don't worry, we've got a lot of experi... [pterodactyl screeches overhead] I'm sorry, what were you saying?
      • In the episode, "Comfort and Joy", Clark invites J'onn to join him at the Kent's house for Christmas. Jonathan and Martha are clearly unfazed by a large green Martian accompanying their son. After Clark, and later Kara, as Jonathan puts it, they're no strangers to having aliens in their house.
    • Batman Beyond which provided a previous page quote, as Terry tells Bruce about the "ghost" supposedly haunting the high school (which turned out to be a telekinetic but very much alive Stalker with a Crush). Bruce immediately shuts down the idea, but not for the reason Terry was expecting.
      Bruce: These people believe anything they can't explain is magic.
      Terry: Naturally, you don't believe in those kinda things.
      Bruce: Of course I do. I've seen it all: demons, witch boys, immortals, zombies. But this thing? I don't know, it just feels so... so high school.
    • In Superman: The Animated Series, after a year of dealing with Mr. Mxyzptlk's antics every three months, Clark is pretty much unfazed when weird things start occurring.
      Lois: [sees a penguin waddle past] Is that a penguin?
      Clark: I'm afraid so.
      [Lois turns into a horse]
      Clark: Here we go...
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • In the episode "The Last Christmas", Dewey winds up in the past and encounters his mother Della and uncle Donald at his age. He tries to hide his identity with a fake name and convoluted family relationship. Donald initially buys it, because their family tree can be confusing, but Della immediately pegs Dewey as a "relative from the future" and comments that that's only the fourth weirdest thing to happen to them on Christmas.
    • Scrooge has had a very long and interesting life, so things that would surprise him are very different than would surprise a normal person. This is best shown in "Happy Birthday, Doofus Drake!" when he thinks Huey and Della getting super into an online fantasy game is weirder than Webby and her friends fighting a werebear or Dewey and Beakley dealing with a "tempest in a teapot".
  • The Author of the Journals in Gravity Falls is a minor example. When he shows Dipper an ancient UFO buried underneath the town, he admits that, after raiding the thing for parts so many times, there's no more thrill of discovery, and expresses an envy for Dipper's excitement.
  • The Great Grape Ape: In "The Indian Grape Call", Grape Ape meets a lady in distress and she greets him with a simple hello. Beegle Beagle is surprised that she didn't shout "YOWW! A GORIL-L-L-L-L-L-LA!" like everyone else who met his friend, and she replies "You've seen one forty-foot purple ape, you've seen them all."
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Mandy is this in spades, and is even immune to irritation (as revealed in the episode with the invisible duck) due to being constantly exposed to Billy's pure stupidity-infused antics, which drove the goddess of chaos (Eris) insane.
  • The case of the title character on Milo Murphy's Law, who's used to his chronic bad luck and has become Crazy-Prepared. Take this exchange in the premiere, as he and Naďve Newcomer Zack are trying to outrun a rogue piece of construction equipment:
    Zack: AAAAAHHHH!! Wait, why aren't you screaming?
    Milo: I find it doesn't help. Just hurts the larynx.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Whether or not all of Equestria is like this is anyone's guess, but Ponyville certainly is. Their reaction to two absurdly powerful unicorns fighting is to Pass the Popcorn, they calmly heckle the recently reformed Spirit of Chaos (well, his act does suck), and a Bug Bear attack is treated with the same gravity as road construction.
    Lyra: There's some monster attacking Ponyville or something.
    Bon Bon: What is it this time? A creature from the Everfree Forest?
    Apple Bloom: The way they're huddled up like that, I'd say it's either a friendship problem or a monster attack.
    Octavia Melody: A monster attack?! Blast! I'm performing at the ceremony this afternoon, and I still haven't sorted out what to play. How am I meant to practice with a monster invading Ponyville?
    Matilda: Come on! We better get to the salon before that monster flattens it!
  • As the series continues, Candace from Phineas and Ferb becomes less and less fazed by the crazy antics her brothers get up to. It gets to the point where, in the episode "Mind Share", she immediately accepts that reptilian space aliens swapped bodies with Phineas and his friends.
    Phineas: Really? You believe that weird story just like that?
    Candace: Yeah, it's been a long summer, kid.
  • Skips from Regular Show, an immortal former adventurer with ties to cosmic beings, often says "(yeah,) I've seen this before" in response to whatever weirdness the Park Crew runs into.
    • Mordecai and Rigby later become like this as well. After six seasons of facing eldritch horrors Rigby's only reaction to Pops claiming he was attacked by a dinosaur is "Have we seen one of those before? Huh, I guess today's the day." And sure enough, the Photo Montage at the end of the episode has them fighting dinosaurs.
  • Rick and Morty, besides Grandpa Rick who's seen so much that even the most fantastical things bore him, Morty shows signs of this in Season 2 when he casually asks if it's Summer's first time seeing/causing a race war. By the Season 3 finale, Morty is completely bored hunting aliens for the president and Summer expresses only mild surprise that Rick's memory was erased along with Morty's (both on accident) when she finds them doing "Morty's Mind Blowers".
  • Samurai Jack: By Season 5, Jack has become this trope. Earlier in the show, he was openly confused and perplexed by the new world around him, with the show playing him up as being a stranger in a strange land. In Season 5, he's attacked by a flamboyant Musical Assassin robot, and doesn't even bat an eye. Even upon being Swallowed Whole by a creature so massive its teeth dwarf trees, Jack only expresses incredulity that Ashi is still trying to kill him.
    Jack: I've been swallowed by giant monsters before. I'll find a way out.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: It's a Running Gag that everyone screams loudly when they first see the magical talking Winged Unicorn Swift Wind. Everyone except for Angella, immortal queen of Bright Moon, who doesn't so much as blink even as he's trying to discuss freedom for all the equines in her kingdom.
  • South Park sees so many strange things that nobody bats an eye at anything short of the entire town being destroyed.
    • "Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina":
      Officer: So, Let Me Get This Straight.... That woman over there was trying to get to her balls which were in the knees of a black child whose father is a dolphin.
      Stan: Yeah, that's basically it.
      Officer: Sounds like an open-and-shut case. All right, let's head 'em out!
    • "Pinewood Derby" involves a Secret Test of Character where the supposed alien criminal "Baby Fark McGee-zax" wants Randy to give him warp travel after doing so with Stan's pinewood derby car. He tells Randy to get rid of space cops who suddenly arrived, leading to this dialogue.
      Officer: You're absolutely sure you didn't see an alien land here?
      Randy: No, we're sure.
      Officer: So then...we're the first aliens you've ever seen?
      Randy: That's right, yep, you're the first ones.
      Officer: You don't seem that excited about your first contact with alien life.
      Randy: ...uh. That's r—that's right! [faking surprise] Oh, oh my God! Hey everybody, we just made first contact!
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks:
    • Starfleet has seen so many psychotic, mass-murdering supercomputers that they just haul them away at the Daystrom Institute like books.
    • Dr. T'Ana is a career Starfleet medic and has had to fix a lot of weird medical problems in her day. Even someone being turned into a hand puppet is something she's seen before and isn't particularly concerned about. A Pakled waking up from exposure to space surprises her, though.
    • Starship crews are bound to end up like this, especially compared to desk jockeys as shown in "I, Excretus". To quote Janeway, "Weird is part of the job."
    • Even among the Cerritos crew Mariner stands out, having had a long and colorful Starfleet career even before the series began. Her reaction to her mother getting possessed by an alien mask is to sigh, admit that it's at least the fourth time this has happened and yell at her mother to stop touching masks.
    • "Trusted Sources" deconstructs this. Because the crew of the Cerritos is so desensitized to the bizarre crap they go through, they accidentally paint themselves as a bunch of unprofessional idiots in interviews with a reporter and don't realize what they've done until after they've shunned Mariner, the only crewmember with nothing but praise for the ship, for supposedly badmouthing them to the reporter.
  • Steven Universe is slowly growing into this, to the point where he shrugs off his many near death experiences. In "Horror Club", one of his (human) friends apologizes for apparently summoning a vengeful ghost who's attempting to kill them all. His response?
    Steven: It happens.
    • His father, Greg, seems to be this as well: in "Keystone Motel", when confronted with Garnet being split into Ruby and Sapphire due to them fighting, he just sighs and asks Steven "where's the other one?" This is probably because he's been friends with the Gems for years and has been dealing with their shenanigans for longer than Steven's been alive.
  • In the pilot episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), the turtles thwart an armored car robbery, and decide to toss the stolen money out their car window and onto a cop car. One of the officers is understandably freaked out about a bunch of human-sized turtles in an armored car throwing several bags of money at them. The other simply scoffs at his partner's reaction and says "Rookies." To be fair, it is NYC...
  • In Total Drama World Tour, there's an unnamed Chinese herbalist who not only forgives Sierra for crashing through her roof, but is so calm about it that a Gilligan Cut later, she's pouring Sierra tea and offering her help with her love life- even though she's not fluent in English. Perhaps teenage heartbreak transcends the language barrier?
  • Kup from Transformers: The Movie and G1 TV series is a bit like this. He's always telling war stories of times that were like times like this (to Hot Rod's increasing irritation during the film)... until he sees Unicron eating a planet and has to admit that he's never seen anything like it before. Justified in that Kup's an ancient veteran of the Cybertronian wars — he's been all over the galaxy doing all kinds of stuff for at least 9-12 million years. That's about 4 times longer than humanity has walked the Earth.
  • Uncle Grandpa: Mr. Gus is over a billion years old, so naturally, he's seen it all already. Uncle Grandpa himself is a more subtle example, being such a Weirdness Magnet (when he's not creating the weirdness) that not even the most surreal or horrifying of circumstances prompt anything more than a mild "uh-oh" from him. It's more subtle because he enjoys it so much.
  • The world of The Venture Bros. is a Fantasy Kitchen Sink where virtually nothing is impossible so most of the characters are this, with Dr. Venture being a very tired type 2 who is Super Gullible in part because it is easier to just accept the weirdness as true; Brock alternating between type 1 and type 2 depending on his mood; Hank bragging about his experiences putting him into type 3; and Dean growing from an enthusiastic type 3 into a very scared type 2.
    • On the villain side of things, The Monarch is a type 2, Dr. Girlfriend is a rare type 1, Phantom Limb is a type 3, #21 is a type 2 and #24 is a wannabe type 3. Honestly, Jonas Jr. sticks out because he's one of the few characters who isn't this, finding things like the Monarch's cocoon weird.

    Real Life 
  • There is absolutely nothing you can confess to an experienced priest that they haven't heard before (with "experienced" meaning "has been in the Church for several decades"). The guidelines for conduct of Mass say that, during a specific part of the Communion, stopping is not allowed. Thus, there is a manual required to be read prior to ordination. It includes everything from a fly landing on the Host to gunmen taking hostages. It's mostly drawn from experience.
  • The police force qualifies. In fact, they even have cases where they claim the supernatural has helped solve cases. Goes to show that there's a lot of stuff out there, not to mention the weird complaints or cases they get on a regular basis.
  • Some people who've worked in tech support have heard it all. Work in any kind of customer service position for long enough and you'll get a worrying look at the human race.
  • Master chess players are so good primarily because they have seen everything that could come up in a chess game.
  • Medical professionals as well. They've heard all the weird explanations concocted by embarrassed patients hoping to avoid confessing to what happened, ranging from cutting oneself shaving to falling off of a ladder onto a lamp (because he was dusting a ceiling fan while not wearing pants).
    • Similarly, mental health professionals of any kind urge their patients/clients to tell them anything and everything and not to worry that it might sound too bizarre, etc., for them to deal with—"We've heard it all".
  • This answer to a FAQ by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hurricane Research Division:
    "During each hurricane season, there always appear suggestions that one should simply use nuclear weapons to try and destroy the storms. Apart from the fact that this might not even alter the storm, this approach neglects the problem that the released radioactive fallout would fairly quickly move with the tradewinds to affect land areas and cause devastating environmental problems. Needless to say, this is not a good idea."
  • More experienced college professors are very strict in their approach and their syllabi, with some going as far as to request that students not glue their document pages together.
  • Veteran hotel staff can rival ER doctors for seeing almost everything bizarre and disgusting from walking in on people having sex, to cleaning up after a rock band's debauchery and vandalism, to dead bodies in the box spring.
  • Science fiction convention committees (and fans who have been in the scene long enough) aren't even going to bat an eyelash when it comes to wacky hijinks, people of all points on the race/age/gender/sexuality spectrum, and strange ideas. They'll merely sigh and put another rule in the convention guidelines about not using peanut butter in a cosplay or transforming the mattress and hotel staircase into an impromptu sled competition next year.
    • Similary, the locals of cities hosting Comic-Cons (and similar conventions) are not going to bat an eye seeing people disguised as characters of all kind.
  • As the old saying goes, "There is one way to do something right, but many ways to do it wrong." Accordingly, teachers (of nearly any subject, academic or otherwise) get treated to a bewildering array of attempts to complete a task/assignment. The good ones will figure out why the student did what they did and incorporate that into future teachings.
  • Long-time martial artists have a seemingly-precognitive ability to anticipate someone's attacks, often getting a block or deflection in the way before the attack has even begun. Despite what some of the less-scrupulous instructors would have you believe, this is not because of channelling an inner spiritual energy or some other such chicanery, but because there's only so many ways to attack someone and experienced martial artists have seen pretty much all of them. After a certain amount of practice, the martial artist won't even consciously think about his defenses anymore, as they've become second-nature.
  • It's pretty hard to shock or surprise someone who frequently hangs out in online image boards or forums. Go ahead and try: odds are you'll be ignored or just poked fun at for trying to elicit attention or pity. So much so that when a legitimate and highly sensitive spy report from an Australian agency was posted to 4chan it was passively dismissed as "fake and gay".
  • Cities with a high crime rate can have people shrugging at the daily crimes that occur. If they seen it all already, another story about a neighbor being murdered over drugs won't raise eyebrows with anyone.
  • Teachers in low socioeconomic areas, mainly inner cities and rural areas, deal with low graduation rates, high dropout rates, high pregnancy rates, students frequently being forced to move, students being incarcerated, students not having basic supplies, and so on. Veteran teachers in these districts tend to be very pragmatic in their approach and realistic with their expectations.
  • Hairstylists. For a lot of people, going to the salon is a highly therapeutic experience. For some, it's because they love getting their hair done. For others, it's because they have had a very rough time of it resulting in highly messy hair that makes them reclusive and shy, and the hairstylist fixes it for them giving them back their feeling of life. In fact, many stylists are the ones to discover Parental Neglect when they bring their kids in with matted hairnote  In any case, many times, it's an emotional experience for the client, and many times they pour their hearts out to the stylist. The most seasoned hairstylists see and hear everything. This is so prevalent that this article covers one salon that sent its stylists to a counseling course to train them to handle it.
  • Adult store workers. People who have even worked there for just a couple of years see and hear everything possible that customers may want or are just looking for. This can range from virgins 18-21 years old who have no idea about anything to people who want to experiment with...very creative methods.
  • Experienced Uber/Lyft and Taxi drivers can also qualify. Ask anyone who has been long enough and they get all kinds of weirdos who are drunk, high or any combination thereof.


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Captain Ed

Having been a roadie to various bands in the past, Captain Ed have experienced things that Jack and Kyle could only describe as "a cream-dream".

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