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9th May '16 11:48:56 AM GlassRain
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* ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'': This is how Sam goes drinking in bars and nobody even notices he has white fur and rabbit ears.
9th May '16 9:16:38 AM JamesAustin
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->'''Pelican:''' (''spotting a choking fellow pelican'') Hey, hey, Nigel. Heh, would you look at that? Sun's barely up and already Gerald's had more than he can handle.\\

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->'''Pelican:''' (''spotting ''[spotting a choking fellow pelican'') pelican]'' Hey, hey, Nigel. Heh, would you look at that? Sun's barely up and already Gerald's had more than he can handle.\\



(''all the pelicans murmur and nod but do nothing'')\\

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(''all ''[all the pelicans murmur and nod but do nothing'')\\nothing]''\\
5th May '16 3:29:08 PM DaNuke
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Sadly, this trope is often TruthInTelevision, although the often used, most famous example of people just watching [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Kitty_Genovese the slow, painful murder of Kitty Genovese]] happen seems to have been 99% exaggeration by the media. Nevertheless, it happens, leading to the advice evolving into "''Tell'' someone to help, directly" or, if you're someone trying to help the person in trouble, specify who you're asking to help you help them, as people are much more prone to [[BavarianFireDrill following direct orders in an emergency situation]] than a directionless plea for aid.

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Sadly, this trope is often TruthInTelevision, although the often used, most famous example of people just watching [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Kitty_Genovese the slow, painful murder of Kitty Genovese]] happen seems to have been 99% exaggeration by the media. Nevertheless, it happens, leading to the advice evolving into "''Tell'' someone to help, directly" or, if you're someone trying to help the person in trouble, specify who you're asking to help you help them, as people are much more prone to [[BavarianFireDrill following direct orders in an emergency situation]] than a directionless plea for aid.
aid. It is also the reason why in some countries, such as France or Finland, it is actually illegal to just do nothing in case of certain emergencies such as [[https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%A9lit_de_fuite_en_France traffic accidents]] -- if a Frenchman hits you with his car, he will stay to help, not because he's concerned about you, but because he doesn't wants to get thrown into jail.
4th May '16 9:11:47 AM F1Krazy
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* Jack Bauer of ''Series/TwentyFour'', season 2 premiere. He's still haunted by his wife's murder, his daughter wants nothing to do with him, and he's on the verge of suicide. The reason he leaves is to warn Kim to get out of LA. Later, when seeing a mother with her child, Jack decides to do something about it:

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* In Series 23 of ''Series/Casualty'', character Tess Bateman is [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaled on a metal pole]] after an accident at a building site. A teenager nearby who witnesses the accident proceeds to ''take a photo of her as she struggles for consciousness'', then just walks away. She does eventually get rescued, and gets better.
* Jack Bauer of ''Series/TwentyFour'', season Season 2 premiere. He's still haunted by his wife's murder, his daughter wants nothing to do with him, and he's on the verge of suicide. The reason he leaves is to warn Kim to get out of LA. Later, when seeing a mother with her child, Jack decides to do something about it:
3rd May '16 4:12:21 PM malonkey1
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* [[ExploitedTrope Weaponized]] in ''TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent'', with the "Bystander Effect" Embed, which specifically prevents others from interfering.
1st May '16 6:44:09 PM ANTMuddle
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It can be one of the reasons why the heroes are TheOnlyOne group, [[WithThisHerring even if they don't have the adequate resources for it]]. It can also explain why they often grow to think that [[ChronicHeroSyndrome they must personally deal with everything]]. This can become a [[SelfFulfillingProphecy self-reinforcing pattern]], as the presence of heroes leads average citizens to [[HoldingOutForAHero wait for them to solve problems]].

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It can be one of the reasons why the heroes are TheOnlyOne group, {{the only one}}s dealing with the matter, [[WithThisHerring even if they don't have the adequate resources for it]]. It can also explain why they often grow to think that [[ChronicHeroSyndrome they must personally deal with everything]]. This can become a [[SelfFulfillingProphecy self-reinforcing pattern]], as the presence of heroes leads average citizens to [[HoldingOutForAHero wait for them to solve problems]].
1st May '16 6:42:10 PM ANTMuddle
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It can be one of the reasons why the heroes are TheOnlyOne group dealing with a problem, [[WithThisHerring even if they don't have the adequate resources for it]]. It can also explain why they often grow to think that [[ChronicHeroSyndrome they must personally deal with everything]]. This can become a [[SelfFulfillingProphecy self-reinforcing pattern]], as the presence of heroes leads average citizens to [[HoldingOutForAHero wait for them to solve problems]].

May overlap with CityOfWeirdos. When authorities are cursed with this, see AdultsAreUseless, ThereAreNoTherapists, and PoliceAreUseless. See also HoldingOutForAHero. Contrast SamaritanSyndrome, wherein people in authority ''aren't'' cursed with this and it drives them nuts, and WhoWillBellTheCat, where they are deeply concerned until the onus is put on them. If someone with this view is pushing it onto others, it becomes NotYourProblem as well. If they get called out of this or is punished for this, then it's AccompliceByInaction. Sometimes this is used to demonstrate {{anvilicious}}ly that HumansAreBastards.

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It can be one of the reasons why the heroes are TheOnlyOne group dealing with a problem, group, [[WithThisHerring even if they don't have the adequate resources for it]]. It can also explain why they often grow to think that [[ChronicHeroSyndrome they must personally deal with everything]]. This can become a [[SelfFulfillingProphecy self-reinforcing pattern]], as the presence of heroes leads average citizens to [[HoldingOutForAHero wait for them to solve problems]].

May overlap with CityOfWeirdos. When authorities are cursed with this, see AdultsAreUseless, ThereAreNoTherapists, and PoliceAreUseless. See also HoldingOutForAHero.SocialMediaBeforeReason. Contrast SamaritanSyndrome, wherein people in authority ''aren't'' cursed with this and it drives them nuts, and WhoWillBellTheCat, where they are deeply concerned until the onus is put on them. If someone with this view is pushing it onto others, it becomes NotYourProblem as well. If they get called out of this or is punished for this, then it's AccompliceByInaction. Sometimes this is used to demonstrate {{anvilicious}}ly that HumansAreBastards.
1st May '16 9:34:30 AM ultimomant
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* In ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', Agnes always stoically ignores Saito's plight whenever Louise angrily punishes him for his NotWhatItLooksLike moments with other girls, even if she knows for a fact he's innocent.
22nd Apr '16 5:36:14 AM Silverblade2
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* This is a regularly occurring concept in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse and Franchise/TheDCU. Even in places where several super-powered heroes or organizations of heroes coexist, most notably Marvel's New York City metropolitan area, they tend to let everybody deal with their respective RoguesGallery, regardless of the possible threat to civilians. This is averted on a fairly regular basis, but is still noticeable.



* This is the general attitude of most townspeople in video games. It will be TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, and they'll just be continuing on with their normal townspeople things, [[AdamSmithHatesYourGuts charging the heroes for supplies to save the world]]. And asking you to deliver trinkets to some dude and generally just standing around doing nothing.
* This happens in every single RPG in existence, even when there's a giant meteor hanging in the sky or the last boss is hanging over the earth in a huge purple blob and [[AllUpToYou you're the world's only hope.]] Chalk it down to how confident they are in the hero's skills.
7th Apr '16 10:53:19 AM MajinAkuma
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* If it doesn't involve his [[MoralityPet little brother Mokuba]], his company [=KaibaCorp=], his position as a duelist, defeating Yugi Moto, or owning the most powerful cards (particularly ones related to the Blue-Eyes White Dragon), this defines Seto Kaiba of the original ''Manga/YuGiOh'' to a T. But at some point after the series ends, he starts caring enough to devote a significant part of his [[{{Fiction500}} vast fortune]] into creating Duel Academia, a school intended to deal with all the magical consequences of Duel Monsters. Thus setting the stage for ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''.

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* If it doesn't involve his [[MoralityPet little brother Mokuba]], his company [=KaibaCorp=], his position as a duelist, defeating Yugi Moto, Muto, or owning the most powerful cards (particularly ones related to the Blue-Eyes White Dragon), this defines Seto Kaiba of the original ''Manga/YuGiOh'' to a T. But at some point after the series ends, he starts caring enough to devote a significant part of his [[{{Fiction500}} vast fortune]] into creating Duel Academia, a school intended to deal with all the magical consequences of Duel Monsters. Thus setting the stage for ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''.
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