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11th Sep '16 7:02:05 PM intastiel
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* A man in ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' is dragged out of his office by a kidnapper, in front of a cubical row's worth of coworkers who stick their heads out to watch and offer their rueful condolences when his body is found the next day.
29th Aug '16 5:34:42 PM MrNickelodeon
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* In ''Theatre/UniversalsHorrorMakeUpShow'', during the OverlyLongGag of one of the hosts' "death", they lament how no one in the audience seems to care about them dying a horrible death.
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23rd Aug '16 11:48:01 AM Coren
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* This happens pretty often in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', since the main characters are generally only interested in 1: survival and 2: getting paid. [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/blog/nmc-nmm-coin-intro Which has now been codified]] with a ChallengeCoin available to fans of the comic, with a Polish idiom: "nie moj cyrk, nie moje malpy"[[note]] "Not my circus, Not my monkey."[[/note]]

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* This happens pretty often in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', since the main characters are generally only interested in 1: survival and 2: getting paid. [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/blog/nmc-nmm-coin-intro Which has now been codified]] with a ChallengeCoin available to fans of the comic, with a Polish idiom: "nie moj cyrk, nie moje malpy"[[note]] małpy"[[note]] "Not my circus, Not my monkey."[[/note]]
18th Aug '16 3:51:20 PM CJC2000
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* Taken to TooDumbToLive levels in ''Manga/FairyTail''. When Jackal, one of the rare villains capable of actually killing another character, comes to assassinate a former councilor, just about no one cares. He sets explosions off all over the town just to piss the heroes off, and when his target runs away in the next chapter, it can be seen that ''no one felt troubled enough by this to flee'', and when the councilor insists that his life is in danger and he needs help, they casually question his identity and muse that he might have been the bomber. Even when Jackal shows up and threatens to blow up Lucy, who tries to tell the civilians that it's too dangerous for them to stay in the area ''while standing on a glowing landmine'' they all discuss how they've seen her on TV. It isn't until Jackal picks a random bystander to attack that they suddenly realize they might want to react to the situation a bit more seriously.

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* Taken to TooDumbToLive levels in ''Manga/FairyTail''. When *In''Manga/FairyTail'', when Jackal, one of the rare many villains capable of actually killing another character, comes to assassinate a former councilor, just about no one cares. He sets explosions off all over the town just to piss the heroes off, and when his target runs away in the next chapter, it can be seen that ''no one felt troubled enough by this to flee'', and when the councilor insists that his life is in danger and he needs help, they casually question his identity and muse that he might have been the bomber. Even when Jackal shows up and threatens to blow up Lucy, who tries to tell the civilians that it's too dangerous for them to stay in the area ''while standing on a glowing landmine'' they all discuss how they've seen her on TV. It isn't until Jackal picks a random bystander to attack that they suddenly realize they might want to react to the situation a bit more seriously.did anything.
10th Aug '16 5:09:23 AM aidreamer
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* In ''Webcomic/DrowTales'', a Sullisin'rune spy is stabbed by a Nidraa'chal agent and left to die in the street. There are plenty of bystanders, but not one of them comes to her aid. Eventually, two thieves attempt to loot her corpse. WordOfGod says that in the past, Chelians would have given her aid expecting a reward since she is clearly wealthy, but the already cutthroat city has been traumatized by a MassHypnosis event.
8th Aug '16 5:25:35 AM EDP
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* {{Subverted}} in ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'' (the manga of which ''Manga/SailorMoon'' was spun off from): Artemis often questions Minako's ChronicHeroSyndrome, but it's because of her declared motivations (showing up cops, that she hates) and her tendency to get distracted-and possibly forget there are far bigger problems around.
7th Aug '16 10:38:32 PM Chaosenvoy
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** The world gets taken over and heavily modified in every movie (twice in one of them) and the people act accordingly. Timmy usually makes an extravagant wish and somehow either everyone doesn't notice or is too stupid to understand what is happening.

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** The world gets taken over and heavily modified in every movie (twice in one of them) and the people act accordingly. Timmy usually makes an extravagant wish and somehow either everyone doesn't notice or is too stupid to understand what is happening.happening, or their memories have been rewritten to think that the changed world was always that way.
16th Jul '16 5:09:11 AM VVK
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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. 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.

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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 and plain lies 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. 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.
19th Jun '16 2:52:56 PM DontKillBugs
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* The StephenKing and PeterStraub collab ''Literature/BlackHouse'' takes this to an extreme. When word gets out that [[spoiler:Irma Freneau's]] corpse has been found in an abandoned restaurant, the cops have to block off the road to deter literally dozens of people who want to come up to the crime scene and stomp all over it to have a look for themselves. One such couple demands to be allowed up so they can ''take home a keepsake'', while another violently informs the officer that he is a hellbound sinner for daring to deny her access.
14th Jun '16 1:48:37 AM Doug86
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** Explicitly interpreted this way in an episode of ''StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Picard's complaints about the way a candidate new member of the Federation had treated the supersoldiers it created after the war ended is brushed off by the planet's government asserting that the Prime Directive meant Picard had no standing to interfere. When said supersoldiers then occupy the capital building and have the government at gunpoint to demand they be treated fairly, Picard responds for the demand for help by the same government officials by citing the Prime Directive as not allowing him to interfere and it's not his problem, and then beams the hell out of Dodge.

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** Explicitly interpreted this way in an episode of ''StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Picard's complaints about the way a candidate new member of the Federation had treated the supersoldiers it created after the war ended is brushed off by the planet's government asserting that the Prime Directive meant Picard had no standing to interfere. When said supersoldiers then occupy the capital building and have the government at gunpoint to demand they be treated fairly, Picard responds for the demand for help by the same government officials by citing the Prime Directive as not allowing him to interfere and it's not his problem, and then beams the hell out of Dodge.
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