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17th Jun '17 2:00:53 PM nombretomado
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** This is called "The Bystander Effect" - the OtherWiki has an article on it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bystander_effect here.]].

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** This is called "The Bystander Effect" - the OtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has an article on it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bystander_effect here.]].
2nd Jun '17 7:25:15 PM FordPrefect
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* The final episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' had the main characters standing by and laughing as a fat guy was mugged (even filming it). They're arrested and charged under Good Samaritan laws. [[ArtisticLicenseLaw Of course, in reality "Good Samaritan Laws", rather than requiring people to put themselves in harms way or face legal penalties, do almost the exact opposite: protecting people who make a good faith effort to help others in an emergency (like trying to perform CPR without being trained) from being sued for damages if they end up doing more harm than good]].

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* The final episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' had the main characters standing by and laughing as a fat guy was mugged (even filming it). They're arrested and charged under Good Samaritan laws. [[ArtisticLicenseLaw Of course, in reality "Good Samaritan Laws", rather than requiring people to put themselves in harms harm's way or face legal penalties, do almost the exact opposite: protecting people who make a good faith effort to help others in an emergency (like trying to perform CPR without being trained) from being sued for damages if they end up doing more harm than good]].
11th May '17 10:53:21 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Wonderbolt Academy", Rainbow Dash's partner Lightning Dust decides to whip up a tornado to help them score more points on a cloud-clearing exercise, even though they out-score the other teams several times over. The tornado not only throws around and endangers the other teams, but also demolishes the Twinkling Balloon, sending Dash's friends (who were making a surprise visit) plummeting to their doom. After they are rescued, Rainbow Dash calls Lightning Dust out on what she did - and she responds, "Yeah, and?" For some reason, Lightning Dust is ''not'' well liked by much of the fandom.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Wonderbolt Academy", Rainbow Dash's partner Lightning Dust decides to whip up a tornado to help them score more points on a cloud-clearing exercise, even though they out-score the other teams several times over. The tornado not only throws around and endangers the other teams, but also demolishes the Twinkling Balloon, sending Dash's friends (who were making a surprise visit) plummeting to their doom. After they are rescued, Rainbow Dash calls Lightning Dust out on what she did - and she responds, "Yeah, and?" For some reason, Lightning Dust is ''not'' well liked by much of the fandom.
and?"
28th Dec '16 12:12:32 PM Luigifan
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->'''Mr. Huph''': Well let's hope we don't cover him!

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->'''Mr. Huph''': Well Well, let's hope we don't cover him!



A scene in which someone is in mortal danger, but the one person nearby who could help that individual doesn't care, or doesn't realize the extent of the danger. That person isn't necessarily the villain, that person could simply be a complete jerk, but either way, the individual's brush with death is brushed off as unimportant by someone who has the potential to help out.

This can make the jerk be even more of a jerk, to the point of possibly being seen as evil, and can at times be far more disturbing than a genuine villain threatening others' lives. At least the villain both has a motive and is known to be evil. But the bully who lets someone die because he doesn't care is a whole new level in itself. It's not quite a MoralEventHorizon (in most cases), but it's certainly reprehensible.

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A scene in which someone is in mortal danger, but the one person nearby who could help that individual doesn't care, or doesn't realize the extent of the danger. That person isn't necessarily the villain, that person could simply villain -- after all, they're not necessarily ''causing'' the emergency -- and may very well be nothing more than [[{{Jerkass}} a complete jerk, jerk]], but either way, the endangered individual's brush with death is brushed off as unimportant by someone who has the potential to help out.

This can make the jerk be even more of a jerk, to the point of possibly being seen as evil, and can at times be far more disturbing than a genuine villain threatening others' lives. At least the villain both has a motive (even [[ForTheEvulz if it's simply]] [[{{Sadist}} enjoying the suffering they're causing]]) and is known to be evil.evil ([[DramaticIrony at least]] by the audience, if not the heroes or ''[[CardCarryingVillain everyone in the setting]]'') -- you're not really surprised by their antisocial behavior. But the bully who lets someone die because he doesn't care is a whole new level in itself. It's not quite a MoralEventHorizon (in most cases), but it's certainly reprehensible.
28th Dec '16 11:59:39 AM Luigifan
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This can make the jerk be even more of a jerk, to the point of possibly being seen as evil, and can at times be far more disturbing than a genuine villain threatening others' lives. At least the villain both has a motive and is known to be evil. But the bully who lets someone die because he doesn't care, is a whole new level in itself.

May lead to MurderByInaction.

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This can make the jerk be even more of a jerk, to the point of possibly being seen as evil, and can at times be far more disturbing than a genuine villain threatening others' lives. At least the villain both has a motive and is known to be evil. But the bully who lets someone die because he doesn't care, care is a whole new level in itself.itself. It's not quite a MoralEventHorizon (in most cases), but it's certainly reprehensible.

May lead to MurderByInaction.
MurderByInaction. Compare BystanderSyndrome.
23rd Jul '16 4:57:47 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost Casper: A Spirited Beginning]]'', a live-action movie, a bully locks a boy in the closet of a house which is about to be demolished. The bully is unaware that the house is going to be demolished, but his victim is in mortal danger.

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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost ''[[Film/{{Casper}} Casper: A Spirited Beginning]]'', a live-action movie, a bully locks a boy in the closet of a house which is about to be demolished. The bully is unaware that the house is going to be demolished, but his victim is in mortal danger.
23rd Jul '16 4:57:12 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[CasperTheFriendlyGhost Casper: A Spirited Beginning]]'', a live-action movie, a bully locks a boy in the closet of a house which is about to be demolished. The bully is unaware that the house is going to be demolished, but his victim is in mortal danger.

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* In ''[[CasperTheFriendlyGhost ''[[WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost Casper: A Spirited Beginning]]'', a live-action movie, a bully locks a boy in the closet of a house which is about to be demolished. The bully is unaware that the house is going to be demolished, but his victim is in mortal danger.
20th Jun '16 12:48:37 AM jormis29
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* In the Creator/HumphreyBogart UsefulNotes/WorldWarII movie ''Sahara'', the tank crew abandons an Italian soldier taken prisoner in the war in the middle of the desert, citing a lack of resources. They go back for him, but not before heartlessly driving off and condemning him to what would be a painful, slow death.


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* In the Creator/HumphreyBogart UsefulNotes/WorldWarII movie ''Sahara'', ''Film/Sahara1943'', the tank crew abandons an Italian soldier taken prisoner in the war in the middle of the desert, citing a lack of resources. They go back for him, but not before heartlessly driving off and condemning him to what would be a painful, slow death.

15th Apr '16 9:35:31 PM Orbiting
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* ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'': Both Mars and Uranus are extremely dismissive of Earth's steadily increasing fear and requests for help as a meteor hurtles towards her, with Uranus outright ''walking off and leaving her there alone'' as it's about to crash into her. In fairness to them, it was the first comic and there was some EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, with Mars gaining [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a heart of gold later]] and Uranus never showing that much detachment and apathy towards other people again.
10th Feb '16 9:10:23 AM Orbiting
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->'''Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible''': "He is getting mugged!"
->'''Mr. Huph''': "Well let's hope we don't cover him!"
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{The Incredibles}}'', referring to a random man on the street outside the insurance office the pair were in.

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->'''Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible''': "He Parr''': He is getting mugged!"
mugged!
->'''Mr. Huph''': "Well Well let's hope we don't cover him!"
him!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{The Incredibles}}'', referring to a random man on the street outside the insurance office the pair were in.
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