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2nd Jan '18 7:00:28 PM Gravityman
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* Azama in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has this sort of cynical detachment as one of his main traits. In the cutscene that introduces him, his fellow bodyguard for Princess Hinoka begins sinking into quicksand in the middle of a battle, and rather than help her, he just shrugs, admits he isn't strong enough to pull her out, and stands back to watch what happens, forcing Hinoka to step in and pull her out herself.

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* Azama in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has this sort of cynical nihilistic detachment as one of his main traits. traits since he believes everything is predetermined and that life is meaningless since everyone is destined to die someday, so he sees everything bad that happens, up to and including the deaths of himself and people close to him, as nothing but nature taking its course. In the cutscene that introduces him, his fellow bodyguard for Princess Hinoka begins sinking into quicksand in the middle of a battle, and rather than help her, he just shrugs, admits he isn't strong enough to pull her out, and stands back to watch what happens, forcing Hinoka to step in and pull her out herself.
herself. In the opening to his daughter's recruitment chapter, Saizo is left shocked by Azama's rather flippant reaction to finding out the village his daughter lives in has been overrun by enemy forces and doesn't show any concern for her until he gets to the village and doesn't see her anywhere.
12th Nov '17 5:16:20 PM ClintEastwood
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* Drives the entire plot of the 2010 ''Series/DoctorWho'' Christmas special "A Christmas Carol": a spaceship liner is about to crash and the only device that can save them can only be operated by a [[TheScrooge rich curmudgeon]] who refuses to use it apparently just because he doesn't care. Cue YetAnotherChristmasCarol.

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* Drives the entire plot of the 2010 ''Series/DoctorWho'' Christmas special "A "[[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol A Christmas Carol": Carol]]": a spaceship liner is about to crash and the only device that can save them can only be operated by a [[TheScrooge rich curmudgeon]] who refuses to use it apparently just because he doesn't care. Cue YetAnotherChristmasCarol.
31st Oct '17 7:24:18 PM Gravityman
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* Azama in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has this sort of cynical detachment as one of his main traits. In the cutscene that introduces him, his fellow bodyguard for Princess Hinoka begins sinking into quicksand in the middle of a battle, and rather than help her, he just shrugs, admits he isn't strong enough to pull her out, and stands back to watch what happens, forcing Hinoka to step in and pull her out herself.
14th Sep '17 5:56:25 AM MsCC93
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Bob ([[SecretIdentity Mr. Incredible]]) notices during a meeting with his boss Mr. Huph that a man is being mugged and beaten up in the alley outside his window. Mr. Huph replies glibly, "Well, let's hope we don't cover him!" He then threatens to fire Bob if he leaves the meeting to stop the mugger. [[BerserkButton Bob doesn't take it]] [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom very well.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Bob ([[SecretIdentity Mr. Incredible]]) notices during a meeting with his boss Mr. Huph that a man is being mugged and beaten up in the alley outside his window. Mr. Huph replies glibly, "Well, let's hope we don't cover him!" He then threatens to fire Bob if he leaves the meeting to stop the mugger. [[BerserkButton [[UnstoppableRage Bob doesn't take it]] [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom very well.]]
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.
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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.
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