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28th Feb '18 1:10:41 PM Luigifan
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Bob knows that Alice is stupid: She's a woman, and women are stupid - never mind that Alice has a [=PhD=] and an IQ of 150, she's still a woman... and women are stupid, thus Alice is stupid. If Bob finally accepts that Alice is indeed smart, he might resort to [[NoTrueScotsman claiming that she is not]] ''[[NoTrueScotsman really]]'' [[NoTrueScotsman a woman]]. Bonus points if Bob uses Alice [[LogicBomb not being stupid as an example of the principle that women are stupid]] - either because [[NoTrueScotsman she's too smart to be a real woman,]] or as [[InsaneTrollLogic "the exception that verifies the rule".]] Also bonus points if "Alice" isn't even a woman, and Bob [[StrawAffiliation simply assumed a neutral Internet nickname to be female because he thinks the person is stupid]]. Alternatively, Alice actually does something stupid one single time - and Bob draws the conclusion that she is (and all other women are) ''always'' stupid.

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Bob knows that Alice is stupid: She's a woman, and women are stupid - never mind that Alice has a [=PhD=] and an IQ of 150, she's still a woman... and women are stupid, thus Alice is stupid. If Bob finally accepts that Alice is indeed smart, he might resort to [[NoTrueScotsman claiming that she is not]] ''[[NoTrueScotsman really]]'' [[NoTrueScotsman a woman]]. Bonus points if Bob uses Alice [[LogicBomb not being stupid as an example of the principle that women are stupid]] - either because [[NoTrueScotsman she's too smart to be a real woman,]] or as [[InsaneTrollLogic "the exception that verifies the rule".]] Also bonus points if "Alice" isn't even a woman, and Bob [[StrawAffiliation simply assumed a neutral Internet nickname to be female because he thinks the person is stupid]]. Alternatively, Alice actually does something stupid one single time - and Bob draws the conclusion that she is (and all other women are) ''always'' stupid.



This trope can come into play in two ways: Either ''establishing'' or ''upholding''. The first is often in the form of making a raging overgeneralization about a group - one that cannot possibly be true in all cases, and is often so outrageous that it might even be hard to find a valid example. The second is upholding the prejudice in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, often with the help of TheoryTunnelVision, InsaneTrollLogic, and/or IRejectYourReality.

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This trope can come into play in two ways: Either ''establishing'' or ''upholding''. The first is often in the form of making a raging overgeneralization about a group - one that cannot possibly be true in all cases, and is often so outrageous that it might even be hard to find a valid example. The second is upholding the prejudice in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, often with the help of ConfirmationBias, TheoryTunnelVision, InsaneTrollLogic, and/or IRejectYourReality.
4th Dec '17 11:44:47 AM Drakos25
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Often done by RacistGrandma, HeManWomanHater, WindmillCrusader, StrawLoser, or NobleBigot, and often used to highlight how shallow the character's thinking is. This is often PlayedForLaughs at the character's expense or as a joke in its own right. Rarely done by more nuanced and PlayedForDrama characters, such as TroubledSympatheticBigot. May lead to IrrationalHatred. Note that "ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld" is usually ''not'' this: Even when it's not a joke or metaphor, it's usually restricted to one parameter.

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Often done by RacistGrandma, HeManWomanHater, DoesNotLikeMen, StrawFeminist, WindmillCrusader, StrawLoser, or NobleBigot, and often used to highlight how shallow the character's thinking is. This is often PlayedForLaughs at the character's expense or as a joke in its own right. Rarely done by more nuanced and PlayedForDrama characters, such as TroubledSympatheticBigot. May lead to IrrationalHatred. Note that "ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld" is usually ''not'' this: Even when it's not a joke or metaphor, it's usually restricted to one parameter.
1st Oct '17 5:42:39 PM LadyChaos
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* Many of the boys in ''Manga/InnocentsShounenJuujigun'' display this when it comes to the "infidels" (aka anyone who isn't the ''exact'' right kind of Catholic), assuming that anyone who doesn't share their religion is going to be a literal demon. Many of them even express shock that people from other religions don't have horns and other animal features. Nicolas and Michael are the worst offenders.
19th Mar '17 1:29:40 AM DarkHunter
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* ''Anime/CrossAnge'': In a world where mages are commoners, every muggle is treated ''worse'' than a witch; not only are muggles forced to a deserted island where they secretly fight an invasion force of alien dragons in highly unstable cool mecha with a disturbingly high death rate, but the friends and family who actually cared for them slowly erode in opinion until it's as if they hated their muggle companion all along. Including ''Ange's beloved little sister'' Slyphia. (In her possible defense it might have been [[CorruptTheCutie her older brother Julio]] convincing her Ange was to blame for the death of their parents.) Muggles are treated like devil spawn even if their behavior doesn't change or they show exceptional merit and mercy. [[spoiler:Though this is only partly their fault: it's revealed near the end that the mana they use is like meth, only it makes them obedient to an abusive thousand-year-old pervert]]. In response to this, said muggles have no qualms with opening fire on civilians for their past torments (said civilians usually shown having guns, and planning to use them first), but show mercy to traitors in their ranks for harsher war crimes.

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* ''Anime/CrossAnge'': In a world where mages are commoners, every muggle is treated ''worse'' than a witch; not only are muggles forced to a deserted island where they secretly fight an invasion force of alien dragons in highly unstable cool mecha with a disturbingly high death rate, but the friends and family who actually cared for them slowly erode in opinion until it's as if they hated their muggle companion all along. Including ''Ange's beloved little sister'' Slyphia.Sylvia. (In her possible defense it might have been [[CorruptTheCutie her older brother Julio]] convincing her Ange was to blame for the death of their parents.) Muggles are treated like devil spawn even if their behavior doesn't change or they show exceptional merit and mercy. [[spoiler:Though this is only partly their fault: it's revealed near the end that the mana they use is like meth, only it makes them obedient to an abusive thousand-year-old pervert]]. In response to this, said muggles have no qualms with opening fire on civilians for their past torments (said civilians usually shown having guns, and planning to use them first), but show mercy to traitors in their ranks for harsher war crimes.
19th Mar '17 1:28:47 AM DarkHunter
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* ''Anime/CrossAnge'': In a world where mages are commoners, every muggle is treated ''worse'' than a witch; not only are muggles forced to a deserted island where they secretly fight an invasion force of alien dragons in highly unstable cool mecha with a disturbingly high death rate, but the friends and family who actually cared for them slowly erode in opinion until it's as if they hated their muggle companion all along. Including ''Ange's beloved little sister''; [[Franchiuse/CodeGeass Princess Nunnally]] [[AvertedTrope that]] {{bitch|InSheepsClothing}} [[MisBlamed is]] [[NeverMyFault NOT]]. (In her possible defense it might have been [[CorruptTheCutie her older brother Julio]] convincing her Ange was to blame for the death of their parents.) Muggles are treated like devil spawn even if their behavior doesn't change or they show exceptional merit and mercy. [[spoiler:Though this is only partly their fault: it's revealed near the end that the mana they use is like meth, only it makes them obedient to an abusive thousand-year-old pervert]]. In response to this, said muggles have no qualms with opening fire on civilians for their past torments (said civilians usually shown having guns, and planning to use them first), but show mercy to traitors in their ranks for harsher war crimes.

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* ''Anime/CrossAnge'': In a world where mages are commoners, every muggle is treated ''worse'' than a witch; not only are muggles forced to a deserted island where they secretly fight an invasion force of alien dragons in highly unstable cool mecha with a disturbingly high death rate, but the friends and family who actually cared for them slowly erode in opinion until it's as if they hated their muggle companion all along. Including ''Ange's beloved little sister''; [[Franchiuse/CodeGeass Princess Nunnally]] [[AvertedTrope that]] {{bitch|InSheepsClothing}} [[MisBlamed is]] [[NeverMyFault NOT]].sister'' Slyphia. (In her possible defense it might have been [[CorruptTheCutie her older brother Julio]] convincing her Ange was to blame for the death of their parents.) Muggles are treated like devil spawn even if their behavior doesn't change or they show exceptional merit and mercy. [[spoiler:Though this is only partly their fault: it's revealed near the end that the mana they use is like meth, only it makes them obedient to an abusive thousand-year-old pervert]]. In response to this, said muggles have no qualms with opening fire on civilians for their past torments (said civilians usually shown having guns, and planning to use them first), but show mercy to traitors in their ranks for harsher war crimes.
30th Jan '17 3:49:39 PM SoapheadChurch
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* In ''Film/TwelveAngryMen'', Juror #10 is one of the last holdouts for a guilty verdict. As time goes on it becomes clearer and clearer that he doesn't care about the evidence; the kid is guilty because "there's not a one of them that's any good" (referring to the Latino defendant). The 1997 version is far more explicit in this regard: Juror 10 delivers an angry rant about how "those spics stay high on dope and fight all the time" and "these wetbacks are multiplying like rabbits." He's not at all concerned about guilt or innocence, he's just wants to "get him before his kind gets us."
13th Jan '17 1:34:14 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Jonathan Kent is firmly convinced that ''all'' Kryptonians are evil by nature. When Martha points out that [[InterspeciesAdoption their son]] is a Kryptonian himself, Jonathan simply replies that Clark is the exception because he was {{raised by humans}}.

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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Jonathan Kent is firmly convinced that ''all'' Kryptonians are evil by nature. When Martha points out that [[InterspeciesAdoption their son]] is a Kryptonian himself, Jonathan simply replies that Clark is the exception because he was {{raised by humans}}.RaisedByHumans and with human values.
22nd Oct '16 12:07:11 PM Gamermaster
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* Growing up as an orphan, Fuka from ''Anime/VividStrike'' has developed a strong distaste for rich people. While this generally applies to anyone who looks down on her because of her poor background, she specifically dislikes rich people for being the ones to change [[ChildhoodFriend Rinne's]] personality after they adopted her. She slowly starts to get better through interacting with Team Nakajima, but she was still hostile at first after realizing they went to a "rich girls' school."
--> '''Fuka''': I don't think you rich girls understand how us commoners struggle to live each day.
17th Oct '16 6:20:53 PM nombretomado
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* ''MadMagazine'' used to run a recurring feature called ''You can't win with a bigot'' which alternated examples of bigots contradicting themselves in ways that ensured their interpretation of events always conformed to their prejudices.

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* ''MadMagazine'' ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' used to run a recurring feature called ''You can't win with a bigot'' which alternated examples of bigots contradicting themselves in ways that ensured their interpretation of events always conformed to their prejudices.
25th Sep '16 11:26:31 AM eroock
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-->--Moe Syzlack, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', when Mr. Burns wants to join the bowling team

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-->--Moe -->-- Moe Syzlack, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', when Mr. Burns wants to join the bowling team
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