Comically Missing the Point/Playing With
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.
- 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.
- Bob is a Cloudcuckoolander.
- Or The Ditz.
- 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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