History Analysis / DarknessInducedAudienceApathy

16th Dec '15 1:17:07 AM Kindle4Light
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Throwing in controversial scenes or topics such as rape (either for [[BlackComedyRape comedic]] or [[RapeAsDrama dramatic]] purposes), ColdBloodedTorture, extreme forms of FantasticRacism, genocide, misogyny, or any form of FateWorseThanDeath can also invoke this trope; particularly if the said scenes or topics were executed poorly or cause a lot of UnfortunateImplications

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Throwing in controversial scenes or topics such as rape (either for [[BlackComedyRape comedic]] or [[RapeAsDrama dramatic]] purposes), ColdBloodedTorture, extreme forms of FantasticRacism, discrimination (even on the [[FantasticRacism fictional races]]), genocide, misogyny, or any form of FateWorseThanDeath can also invoke this trope; particularly if the said scenes or topics were executed poorly or cause a lot of UnfortunateImplications
14th Apr '15 6:26:18 PM nombretomado
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In general, DarknessInducedAudienceApathy was a common criticism with the NinetiesAntiHero craze back in TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks. Many of these "[[DesignatedHero heroes]]" (particularly the ones from independent publishers) were so evil that it was hard, if not impossible, to care whether they would come out of their adventures alive.

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In general, DarknessInducedAudienceApathy was a common criticism with the NinetiesAntiHero craze back in TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks.UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks. Many of these "[[DesignatedHero heroes]]" (particularly the ones from independent publishers) were so evil that it was hard, if not impossible, to care whether they would come out of their adventures alive.
25th Feb '15 6:52:06 AM DarkPaladinX
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Throwing in controversial scenes or topics such as rape (either for [[BlackComedyRape comedic]] or [[RapeAsDrama dramatic purposes), ColdBloodedTorture, extreme forms of FantasticRacism, genocide, misogyny, or any form of FateWorseThanDeath can also invoke this trope; particularly if the said scenes or topics were executed poorly or cause a lot of UnfortunateImplications

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Throwing in controversial scenes or topics such as rape (either for [[BlackComedyRape comedic]] or [[RapeAsDrama dramatic dramatic]] purposes), ColdBloodedTorture, extreme forms of FantasticRacism, genocide, misogyny, or any form of FateWorseThanDeath can also invoke this trope; particularly if the said scenes or topics were executed poorly or cause a lot of UnfortunateImplications
25th Feb '15 6:51:42 AM DarkPaladinX
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Throwing in controversial scenes or topics such as rape (either for [[BlackComedyRape comedic]] or [[RapeAsDrama dramatic purposes), ColdBloodedTorture, extreme forms of FantasticRacism, genocide, misogyny, or any form of FateWorseThanDeath can also invoke this trope; particularly if the said scenes or topics were executed poorly or cause a lot of UnfortunateImplications
30th Jan '14 7:43:06 PM Generations91
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In general, DarknessInducedAudienceApathy was a common criticism with the NinetiesAntiHero craze back in TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks. Many of these "heroes" (particularly the ones from independent publishers) were so evil that it was hard, if not impossible, to care whether they would come out of their adventures alive.

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In general, DarknessInducedAudienceApathy was a common criticism with the NinetiesAntiHero craze back in TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks. Many of these "heroes" "[[DesignatedHero heroes]]" (particularly the ones from independent publishers) were so evil that it was hard, if not impossible, to care whether they would come out of their adventures alive.
19th Nov '13 6:16:17 PM CyberTiger88
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Even shows where the heroes win a PyrrhicVictory can devolve into this, especially if the heroes are whiny, ineffective or too slow to act. Sure the villain gets defeated at the end, but his death seems small compensation for all of the havoc and death ''he'' caused. And if the villain corrupted the heroes or turned them against their ideals during the course of the story, [[ShootTheShaggyDog the heroes' victory seems even MORE meaningless.]]

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Even shows where the heroes win a PyrrhicVictory can devolve into this, especially if the heroes are whiny, [[FailureHero ineffective or too slow to act.act]]. Sure the villain gets defeated at the end, but his death seems small compensation for all of the havoc and death ''he'' caused. And if the villain corrupted the heroes or turned them against their ideals during the course of the story, [[ShootTheShaggyDog the heroes' victory seems even MORE meaningless.]]
2nd Jul '13 5:03:28 PM sidakarya
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Some possible causes of DarknessInducedAudienceApathy

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Abusing the HumansAreBastards trope too heavily can easily result in DarknessInducedAudienceApathy. Aside from the tendency of being [[{{Anvilicious}} overbearing]], the end result is just another kind of EvilVersusEvil, and at that without any differentiation between them (since, well, all of those sides act as humans). Even variants with a few sympathetic characters can fall into the trap of making [[BeingGoodSucks their failure on account of being good]] a ForegoneConclusion.

This was a common criticism with the NinetiesAntiHero craze back in TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks. Many of these "heroes" (particularly the ones from independent publishers) were so evil that it was hard, if not impossible, to care whether they would come out of their adventures alive.

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Abusing the HumansAreBastards trope too heavily much can easily result in DarknessInducedAudienceApathy. Aside from the tendency of being [[{{Anvilicious}} overbearing]], the end result is just another kind of EvilVersusEvil, and at that without any differentiation between them (since, well, all of those sides act as humans). Even variants with a few sympathetic characters can fall into the trap of making [[BeingGoodSucks their failure on account of being good]] a ForegoneConclusion.

This In general, DarknessInducedAudienceApathy was a common criticism with the NinetiesAntiHero craze back in TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks. Many of these "heroes" (particularly the ones from independent publishers) were so evil that it was hard, if not impossible, to care whether they would come out of their adventures alive.
2nd Jul '13 5:01:45 PM sidakarya
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Movies and TV shows with DiabolusExMachina and KillEmAll {{Downer Ending}}s can have this effect for cynical viewers, since it means that all hope for the characters is lost when they were doomed to their fates.

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Movies and TV shows with DiabolusExMachina and KillEmAll {{Downer Ending}}s can have this effect for cynical viewers, since it means that all hope for the characters is lost when they were doomed to their fates.


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Abusing the HumansAreBastards trope too heavily can easily result in DarknessInducedAudienceApathy. Aside from the tendency of being [[{{Anvilicious}} overbearing]], the end result is just another kind of EvilVersusEvil, and at that without any differentiation between them (since, well, all of those sides act as humans). Even variants with a few sympathetic characters can fall into the trap of making [[BeingGoodSucks their failure on account of being good]] a ForegoneConclusion.
22nd Mar '13 9:11:15 AM willthiswork
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This was a common criticism with the NinetiesAntiHero craze back in TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks. Many of these "heroes" (particularly the ones from independent publishers) were so evil that it was hard, if not impossible, to care whether they would come out of their adventures alive.
22nd Mar '13 9:03:10 AM willthiswork
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Some possible causes of DarknessInducedAudienceApathy

Movies and TV shows with DiabolusExMachina and KillEmAll {{Downer Ending}}s can have this effect for cynical viewers, since it means that all hope for the characters is lost when they were doomed to their fates.

Even shows where the heroes win a PyrrhicVictory can devolve into this, especially if the heroes are whiny, ineffective or too slow to act. Sure the villain gets defeated at the end, but his death seems small compensation for all of the havoc and death ''he'' caused. And if the villain corrupted the heroes or turned them against their ideals during the course of the story, [[ShootTheShaggyDog the heroes' victory seems even MORE meaningless.]]

Works that use JokerImmunity and CardboardPrison heavily can often fall into this. This is especially the case if every time the villain comes back from the dead/ breaks out of jail he kills people. It can make it seem like the hero isn't really making a difference and that the villains will never truly be brought to justice.
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