Comically Missing the Point/Playing With

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Basic Trope: A character comes to a conclusion that is technically accurate but insignificant.

  • Played Straight: Bob's son draws pictures of Bob dying horribly. Bob compliments him on his shading technique.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob's son sets up 278,948 contraptions to kill him. All Bob does is repeatedly compliment his son on the thorough sanding of a specific plank of wood in #18.
    • Not only does Bob only notice the shading, this is all anyone who sees it notices.
  • Downplayed: Bob sees his son drawing pictures of Bob dying horribly, and is concerned that his son doesn't like him, but hasn't picked out just how much.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Bob gets the significant point, but the person speaking was only talking about a minor detail, or even about something completely unrelated.
  • Subverted: Bob first points out a small detail, then realizes the real point.
  • Double Subverted: ...only to go back to obsessing over the small detail.
  • Deconstructed: Bob hates Alice. He only pretends to miss the point in order to let Alice get beat up.
  • Reconstructed: The "small detail" actually proves to be more important than the more blatantly obvious point.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob understands everything.
  • Enforced: Bob misses the point just because the creators want comedic purpose in cartoons.
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Bob, who has a trouble understanding the things people tell him, improves his focus and learns to think about what was said before responding so that he doesn't look like an idiot.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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