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10th Jul '16 5:36:18 AM thatmadork
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6th Jul '16 4:46:20 PM darkchiefy
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* OlderThanRadio: Creator/JosephConrad's 1907 novel ''The Secret Agent'' has some straight examples and some subversions:

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* OlderThanRadio: Creator/JosephConrad's 1907 novel ''The Secret Agent'' ''Literature/TheSecretAgent'' has some straight examples and some subversions:
26th Jun '16 8:39:15 PM PaulA
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* [[Creator/FyodorDostoevsky Dostoevsky's]] novel ''Demons'' (a.k.a. ''The Possessed'') features probably the worst version of this trope... as protagonists! Their ideologist, Shigaylov, states that they will wipe out millions of innocent people to create a new society, their leader is power-hungry maniac, and his [[TheDragon right-hand man]] is a [[spoiler: child molester, though it's said only in a deleted chapter.]] Though Dostoevsky predicted a Reign of Terror once the Communists came to power, his characters are even worse than real-life CHEKA and NKVD, because almost all of the Soviet government's cruel actions were pragmatically motivated, but the anarchist terrorist gang were much more indiscriminate.

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* [[Creator/FyodorDostoevsky Dostoevsky's]] Creator/FyodorDostoevsky's novel ''Demons'' ''Literature/{{Demons}}'' (a.k.a. ''The Possessed'') features probably the worst version of this trope... as protagonists! Their ideologist, Shigaylov, states that they will wipe out millions of innocent people to create a new society, their leader is power-hungry maniac, and his [[TheDragon right-hand man]] is a [[spoiler: child [[spoiler:child molester, though it's said only in a deleted chapter.]] chapter]]. Though Dostoevsky predicted a Reign of Terror once the Communists came to power, his characters are even worse than real-life CHEKA and NKVD, because almost all of the Soviet government's cruel actions were pragmatically motivated, but the anarchist terrorist gang were much more indiscriminate.
23rd Jun '16 11:16:54 PM PaulA
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* Robin Williams gives a chilling performance as one in ''The Secret Agent'', an adaptation of JosephConrad.

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* Robin Williams gives a chilling performance as one in ''The Secret Agent'', an adaptation of JosephConrad.Creator/JosephConrad.
18th Jun '16 4:43:25 PM Fireblood
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The "bomb-throwing" image of the anarchist was locked into the mindset of the public after the 1886 Haymarket Square riot in Chicago, where eight anarchists went on trial for a bomb that was thrown at a rally (they were not actually charged with throwing it, as some weren't even at the rally; instead they were charged with inciting the action, being influential anarchist figures in Chicago). Most people had probably never paid much attention to one of the 19th century's many radical social movements before, but the sensationalized spread of the incident left a negative impression in media for a long time. The assassination of several heads of governments by anarchists during the following twenty years didn't help them either. During this period some anarchists advocated violent acts as "attentats" i.e. a means of drawing attention to their cause to spark a revolution. Obviously, this backfired horribly, painting them as entirely depraved terrorists.

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The "bomb-throwing" image of the anarchist was locked into the mindset of the public after the 1886 Haymarket Square riot in Chicago, where eight anarchists went on trial for a bomb that was thrown at a rally (they were not actually charged with throwing it, as some weren't even at the rally; instead they were charged with inciting the action, being influential anarchist figures in Chicago). Most people had probably never paid much attention to one of the 19th century's many radical social movements before, but the sensationalized spread of the incident left a negative impression in media for a long time. The assassination of several heads of governments by anarchists during the following twenty years didn't help them either. During this period some anarchists advocated violent acts as "attentats" i.e. a means of drawing attention to their cause to spark a revolution.revolution by inspiring others, called "propaganda of the deed". Obviously, this backfired horribly, painting them as entirely depraved terrorists.
18th Jun '16 4:35:38 PM Fireblood
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The "bomb-throwing" image of the anarchist was locked into the mindset of the public after the 1886 Haymarket Square riot in Chicago, where eight anarchists went on trial for a bomb that was thrown at a rally (they were not actually charged with throwing it, as some weren't even at the rally; instead they were charged with inciting the action, being influential anarchist figures in Chicago). Most people had probably never paid much attention to one of the 19th century's many radical social movements before, but the sensationalized spread of the incident left a negative impression in media for a long time. The assassination of several heads of governments by anarchists during the following twenty years didn't help them either.

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The "bomb-throwing" image of the anarchist was locked into the mindset of the public after the 1886 Haymarket Square riot in Chicago, where eight anarchists went on trial for a bomb that was thrown at a rally (they were not actually charged with throwing it, as some weren't even at the rally; instead they were charged with inciting the action, being influential anarchist figures in Chicago). Most people had probably never paid much attention to one of the 19th century's many radical social movements before, but the sensationalized spread of the incident left a negative impression in media for a long time. The assassination of several heads of governments by anarchists during the following twenty years didn't help them either.
either. During this period some anarchists advocated violent acts as "attentats" i.e. a means of drawing attention to their cause to spark a revolution. Obviously, this backfired horribly, painting them as entirely depraved terrorists.
18th Jun '16 4:33:48 PM Fireblood
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* The play ''The Just Assassins'' by french writer Albert Camus explores the moral issues faced by a group of Russian terrorists plotting to kill the Governor General of Moscow by throwing a bomb at his carriage.

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* The play ''The Just Assassins'' by french French writer Albert Camus explores the moral issues faced by a group of Russian terrorists plotting to kill the Governor General of Moscow by throwing a bomb at his carriage.carriage. This was based on a real assassination, though the perpetrators were not the anarchists but the Socialist Revolutionaries.
18th Jun '16 4:24:24 PM Fireblood
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* Robin Williams gives a chilling performance as one in THE SECRET AGENT, an adaptation of JosephConrad.

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* Robin Williams gives a chilling performance as one in THE SECRET AGENT, ''The Secret Agent'', an adaptation of JosephConrad.



* This is a staple of the era, so much so that the short story of Creator/HGWells' first collection, ''The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents'', mocks the idea of an anarchist committing bioterrorism. A Bacteriologist, after a bit of prompting, shows a young man a vial containing a live culture of cholera, then leaves the room momentarily to answer the door, his return quickly followed by the visitor apologizing for wasting so much of the Bacteriologist's valuable time and leaving. The Bacteriologist then notices that there's something missing. One [[StandardSnippet Yackety Sax]]-worthy taxi chase (one taxi for the anarchist, one for the Bacteriologist, and one for his wife with his hat, shoes, and overcoat) later, the vial breaks in the anarchist's hand and the anarchist decides to act as the first carrier and drinks what's left, at which point he feels free to exit the cab, yell "Vive l'Anarchie! You are too late, my friend. I have drunk it. The cholera is abroad," and walk off into a crowd. On the ride home, the Bacteriologist reveals that he had just told the anarchist that the vial had contained cholera to impress him, while it actually contained a bacterium [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment that turns animals blue]].

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* This is a staple of the era, so much so that the short story of Creator/HGWells' first collection, ''The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents'', mocks the idea of an anarchist committing bioterrorism. A Bacteriologist, bacteriologist, after a bit of prompting, shows a young man a vial containing a live culture of cholera, then leaves the room momentarily to answer the door, his return quickly followed by the visitor apologizing for wasting so much of the Bacteriologist's bacteriologist's valuable time and leaving. The Bacteriologist bacteriologist then notices that there's something missing. One [[StandardSnippet Yackety Sax]]-worthy taxi chase (one taxi for the anarchist, one for the Bacteriologist, bacteriologist, and one for his wife with his hat, shoes, and overcoat) later, the vial breaks in the anarchist's hand and the anarchist decides to act as the first carrier and drinks what's left, at which point he feels free to exit the cab, yell "Vive l'Anarchie! You are too late, my friend. I have drunk it. The cholera is abroad," and walk off into a crowd. On the ride home, the Bacteriologist bacteriologist reveals that he had just told the anarchist that the vial had contained cholera to impress him, while it actually contained a bacterium [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment that turns animals blue]].
18th Jun '16 4:09:55 PM Fireblood
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The "bomb-throwing" image of the anarchist was locked into the mindset of the public after the 1886 Haymarket Square riot in Chicago, where eight anarchists went on trial for a bomb that was thrown at a rally (they were not actually charged with throwing it, as some weren't even at the rally; instead they were charged with inciting the action, being influential anarchist figures in Chicago.). Most people had probably never paid much attention to one of the 19th century's many radical social movements before, but the sensationalized spread of the incident left a negative impression in media for a long time. The assassination of several heads of governments by anarchists during the following twenty years didn't help them either.

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The "bomb-throwing" image of the anarchist was locked into the mindset of the public after the 1886 Haymarket Square riot in Chicago, where eight anarchists went on trial for a bomb that was thrown at a rally (they were not actually charged with throwing it, as some weren't even at the rally; instead they were charged with inciting the action, being influential anarchist figures in Chicago.).Chicago). Most people had probably never paid much attention to one of the 19th century's many radical social movements before, but the sensationalized spread of the incident left a negative impression in media for a long time. The assassination of several heads of governments by anarchists during the following twenty years didn't help them either.



* The Trope Image is taken from Larry Gonick's ''Cartoon History of the United States'', part of his ''ComicBook/TheCartoonHistoryOfTheUniverse'' series, humourously lampshaded the common stereotype of anarchists as [[OlderThanTheyThink mad, bearded bombers]] ("smell like garlic... foreign accent... burning fuse") during the 1880s Red Scare after the Haymarket Bombing.

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* The Trope Image is taken from Larry Gonick's ''Cartoon History of the United States'', part of his ''ComicBook/TheCartoonHistoryOfTheUniverse'' series, humourously humorously lampshaded the common stereotype of anarchists as [[OlderThanTheyThink mad, bearded bombers]] ("smell like garlic... foreign accent... burning fuse") during the 1880s Red Scare after the Haymarket Bombing.
13th Jun '16 8:43:12 PM TheWanderer
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* V from ''Comicbook/VForVendetta'' partially counts. He is an anarchist and he is quite entirely mad, but unlike the other examples of this trope, he does have some empathy and does not mindlessly destroy everything. He's also... Well, not exactly TheHero, but a WellIntentionedExtremist who's ''probably'' the marginally lighter shade of the GreyAndGreyMorality compared to Norsefire. [[note]]In D&D terms, he's ChaoticNeutral(ish) and the regime he's fighting to overthrow is LawfulStupid.[[/note]]

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* V from ''Comicbook/VForVendetta'' partially counts. He is an anarchist and he is quite entirely mad, but unlike the other examples of this trope, he does have some empathy and does not mindlessly destroy everything. He's also... Well, not exactly TheHero, but a WellIntentionedExtremist who's ''probably'' the marginally lighter shade of the GreyAndGreyMorality compared to Norsefire. [[note]]In D&D terms, he's ChaoticNeutral(ish) and the regime he's fighting to overthrow is LawfulStupid.LawfulEvil writ large.[[/note]]
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