Yeah, there is a certain cartoon quality to not noticing doors. Or not noticing their absence, a la Wile E coyote, who could never escape into the painted train tunnel when he needed to. Maybe the MitD is a ‘toon.
The Giant says: Yes, I am aware TV Tropes exists as a website. ... No, I have never decided to do something in the comic because it was listed on TV Tropes. I don't use it as a checklist for ideas ... and I have never intentionally referenced it in any way.