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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. Incredibles}}''
27th Jan '16 3:35:20 PM Paranoia
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* The final episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' had the main characters standing by and laughing as a fat guy was mugged. RealityEnsues when they're arrested and charged under Good Samaritan laws.
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* The final episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' had the main characters standing by and laughing as a fat guy was mugged. RealityEnsues when they're mugged (even filming it). They're arrested and charged under Good Samaritan laws. 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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6th Jan '16 11:14:27 PM DAN004
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May lead to MurderByInaction.
19th Dec '15 2:39:44 PM smalltime
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* The final episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' had the main characters standing by and laughing as a fat guy was mugged. RealityEnsues when they're arrested and charged under Good Samaritan laws.
6th Nov '15 3:13:12 PM darkknight109
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* One of the most famous examples is the titular character in the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' franchise. In most incarnations, upon receiving his powers, Spider-Man tried to figure out how best to exploit them for profit and, while walking through a TV Studio, ignored a burglar running past (and a security guard's calls for him to help), dismissing the incident as "not his problem", given that he wasn't in the business of fighting crime. In a particularly brutal instance of LaserGuidedKarma, the burglar kills his Uncle Ben that very night.
17th Oct '15 2:59:09 PM Beedle
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* One recurring bystander in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' demonstrates this repeatedly, [[HateSink compouniding it with]] a "not my problem" attitude.
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* One recurring bystander in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' demonstrates this repeatedly, [[HateSink compouniding compounding it with]] a "not my problem" attitude.
23rd Jun '15 11:17:02 PM Chabal2
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* One recurring bystander in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' demonstrates this repeatedly, [[HateSink compouniding it with]] a "not my problem" attitude.
10th Jun '15 11:05:02 AM TrustBen
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* In the Frightmares book titled ''Bone Breath and the Vandals'', a group of teenage vandals tie and gag a middle school girl and leave her in a dumpster. The dumpster is loaded onto a dump truck, and she is about to be crushed to death, but is saved through luck. Naturally, the vandals had no idea they were leaving her to her death.
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* In the Frightmares ''Frightmares'' book titled ''Bone Breath and the Vandals'', a group of teenage vandals tie and gag a middle school girl and leave her in a dumpster. The dumpster is loaded onto a dump truck, and she is about to be crushed to death, but is saved through luck. Naturally, the vandals had no idea they were leaving her to her death.
10th Jun '15 11:04:28 AM TrustBen
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[[AC:Comic Books]] * At the end of the [[Comicbook/ThePunisherCircleOfBlood first miniseries]] of Comicbook/ThePunisher, Frank had forced the BigBad to confess his deeds to Ben Urich. On his way out of the villain's estate, he's confronted by the son of a mafioso he shot, and Castle did not want to kill him (said son was not involved in the family business at all). He tells the man that sometimes, the best course of action is to do nothing; the son allows him to leave without incident. Shortly afterwards, the big bad's girlfriend (who did a FaceHeelTurn and tried to kill the Punisher), sees him leaving the estate, and tries to run him down. She ends up with her car halfway off the side of a bridge, and Frank thinks about how sometimes, the best course of action is to do nothing, leaving her to her fate. Unfortunately for Castle, both she and the BigBad return to plague him again. [[AC:FilmóAnimated]] * 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.]] [[AC:FilmóLive Action]]

* In a book titled ''Bone Breath and the Vandals'', a group of teenage vandals tie and gag a middle school girl and leave her in a dumpster. The dumpster is loaded onto a dump truck, and she is about to be crushed to death, but is saved through luck. Naturally, the vandals had no idea they were leaving her to her death.

* In ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'', Laura, a little girl, locks protagonist James in a room with a boss monster. She has no idea that such a threat is even there, and is simply being a brat. * The prologue of ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' has Max telling someone who just called his number to call 911 because someone has just broken into his house and his family is in danger. The lady caller's response? "Good. I'm afraid I cannot help you," followed by her hanging up. Though Max does try to save his family, it's of no use, as both his wife and his baby girl get killed by the junkies. It turns out later that the lady caller was [[spoiler:Nicole Horne, the BigBad of the game, who sent the junkies to Max's home for the express purpose of killing his wife to keep a major secret from getting out and was calling to ensure that the job was being carried out]]. * At the end of the [[Comicbook/ThePunisherCircleOfBlood first miniseries]] of Comicbook/ThePunisher, Frank had forced the BigBad to confess his deeds to Ben Urich. On his way out of the villain's estate, he's confronted by the son of a mafioso he shot, and Castle did not want to kill him (said son was not involved in the family business at all). He tells the man that sometimes, the best course of action is to do nothing; the son allows him to leave without incident. Shortly afterwards, the big bad's girlfriend (who did a FaceHeelTurn and tried to kill the Punisher), sees him leaving the estate, and tries to run him down. She ends up with her car halfway off the side of a bridge, and Frank thinks about how sometimes, the best course of action is to do nothing, leaving her to her fate. Unfortunately for Castle, both she and the BigBad return to plague him again.

* 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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[[AC:Literature]] * In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Bob ([[SecretIdentity Mr. Incredible]]) notices during the Frightmares book titled ''Bone Breath and the Vandals'', a meeting group of teenage vandals tie and gag a middle school girl and leave her in a dumpster. The dumpster is loaded onto a dump truck, and she is about to be crushed to death, but is saved through luck. Naturally, the vandals had no idea they were leaving her to her death. * In ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' and its many adaptations, this is zig-zagged with Willy Wonka, who is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Because the four bratty kids get into possibly-lethal danger when they disobey his boss Mr. Huph explicit [[TheBeCarefulSpeech instructions]] and [[DontTouchItYouIdiot warnings]], he has NoSympathy -- as everyone else panics, he watches calmly as their fates play out, even snarking and/or laughing. And he [[SkewedPriorities worries more about how the smooth operations of his factory will be affected]]. Then again, this ''is'' his factory, so he knows how they can be rescued and/or restored to normal and takes steps to ensure that a man is being mugged they are. Then again, he's perfectly willing to brush off the possibility that Veruca and beaten up her parents will be burned alive in an incinerator, and it's luck that saves them. ''Then again'', the alley outside his window. brats ''are'' all {{Hate Sink}}s, rather than the innocent victims usually associated with this trope -- the reader is ultimately supposed to feel great satisfaction in their comeuppances. This is a major reason Mr. Huph replies glibly, "Well, let's hope we don't cover him!" He then threatens Wonka is an InterpretativeCharacter subject to fire Bob if he leaves {{Alternative Character Interpretation}}s, such as the meeting to stop [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2013 stage musical]] portraying him as an AmbiguouslyEvil AntiHero who isn't perturbed by the mugger. [[BerserkButton Bob doesn't take it]] [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom very well.]]prospect of the kids ''[[DeathByAdaptation actually getting killed]]''. [[AC:Live Action TV]]

* In RealLife this is a common phenomenon in cities, wherein no individual in a crowd wants to step forward and get involved with someone else's problem. People have been mugged, raped, and even ''given birth'' in broad daylight on crowded city streets while being completely ignored. Some experts advise that instead of yelling "RAPE" or "HELP," which receive disappointingly low responses, the distressed should yell "FIRE!" Apparently crowds are less callous towards a conflagration than a confrontation; it's almost certain to draw immediate attention. ** Another way to counter this is instead of yelling "CALL THE POLICE!" at a crowd, you should point to a ''specific person'' and say "YOU! Call the police!" since in the former circumstance's people are more likely to be afflicted by the BystanderSyndrome. ** This is called "The Bystander Effect" - the OtherWiki has an article on it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bystander_effect here.]]. * 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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[[AC:Video Games]] * In RealLife this is ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'', Laura, a common phenomenon in cities, wherein no individual little girl, locks protagonist James in a crowd wants to step forward and get involved room with a boss monster. She has no idea that such a threat is even there, and is simply being a brat. * The prologue of ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' has Max telling someone else's problem. People have been mugged, raped, who just called his number to call 911 because someone has just broken into his house and even ''given birth'' his family is in broad daylight on crowded city streets while being completely ignored. Some experts advise that instead of yelling "RAPE" or "HELP," which receive disappointingly low responses, the distressed should yell "FIRE!" Apparently crowds are less callous towards a conflagration than a confrontation; danger. The lady caller's response? "Good. I'm afraid I cannot help you," followed by her hanging up. Though Max does try to save his family, it's almost certain to draw immediate attention. ** Another way to counter this is instead of yelling "CALL THE POLICE!" at a crowd, you should point to a ''specific person'' no use, as both his wife and say "YOU! Call the police!" since in the former circumstance's people are more likely to be afflicted his baby girl get killed by the BystanderSyndrome. ** This is called "The Bystander Effect" - junkies. It turns out later that the OtherWiki has an article on it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bystander_effect here.]]. * In lady caller was [[spoiler:Nicole Horne, 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 BigBad of the fandom.game, who sent the junkies to Max's home for the express purpose of killing his wife to keep a major secret from getting out and was calling to ensure that the job was being carried out]].

* In ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' and its many adaptations, this is zig-zagged with Willy Wonka, who is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Because the four bratty kids get into possibly-lethal danger when they disobey his explicit [[TheBeCarefulSpeech instructions]] and [[DontTouchItYouIdiot warnings]], he has NoSympathy -- as everyone else panics, he watches calmly as their fates play out, even snarking and/or laughing. And he [[SkewedPriorities worries more about how the smooth operations of his factory will be affected]]. Then again, this ''is'' his factory, so he knows how they can be rescued and/or restored to normal and takes steps to ensure that they are. Then again, he's perfectly willing to brush off the possibility that Veruca and her parents will be burned alive in an incinerator, and it's luck that saves them. ''Then again'', the brats ''are'' all {{Hate Sink}}s, rather than the innocent victims usually associated with this trope -- the reader is ultimately supposed to feel great satisfaction in their comeuppances. This is a major reason Mr. Wonka is an InterpretativeCharacter subject to {{Alternative Character Interpretation}}s, such as the [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2013 stage musical]] portraying him as an AmbiguouslyEvil AntiHero who isn't perturbed by the prospect of the kids ''[[DeathByAdaptation actually getting killed]]''.
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[[AC:Western Animation]] * In ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' 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 its many adaptations, 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. [[AC:Real Life]] * In RealLife this is zig-zagged a common phenomenon in cities, wherein no individual in a crowd wants to step forward and get involved with Willy Wonka, who is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Because the four bratty kids get into possibly-lethal danger when they disobey his explicit [[TheBeCarefulSpeech instructions]] someone else's problem. People have been mugged, raped, and [[DontTouchItYouIdiot warnings]], he has NoSympathy -- as everyone else panics, he watches calmly as their fates play out, even snarking and/or laughing. And he [[SkewedPriorities worries ''given birth'' in broad daylight on crowded city streets while being completely ignored. Some experts advise that instead of yelling "RAPE" or "HELP," which receive disappointingly low responses, the distressed should yell "FIRE!" Apparently crowds are less callous towards a conflagration than a confrontation; it's almost certain to draw immediate attention. ** Another way to counter this is instead of yelling "CALL THE POLICE!" at a crowd, you should point to a ''specific person'' and say "YOU! Call the police!" since in the former circumstance's people are more about how likely to be afflicted by the smooth operations of his factory will be affected]]. Then again, this ''is'' his factory, so he knows how they can be rescued and/or restored to normal and takes steps to ensure that they are. Then again, he's perfectly willing to brush off the possibility that Veruca and her parents will be burned alive in an incinerator, and it's luck that saves them. ''Then again'', the brats ''are'' all {{Hate Sink}}s, rather than the innocent victims usually associated with this trope -- the reader is ultimately supposed to feel great satisfaction in their comeuppances. BystanderSyndrome. ** This is a major reason Mr. Wonka is an InterpretativeCharacter subject to {{Alternative Character Interpretation}}s, such as called "The Bystander Effect" - the [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2013 stage musical]] portraying him as OtherWiki has an AmbiguouslyEvil AntiHero who isn't perturbed by the prospect of the kids ''[[DeathByAdaptation actually getting killed]]''.article on it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bystander_effect here.]].
21st Feb '15 5:56:25 PM TVRulezAgain
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-->-- ''Film/{{The Incredibles}}'', referring to a random man on the street outside the insurance office the pair were in.
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-->-- ''Film/{{The ''WesternAnimation/{{The Incredibles}}'', referring to a random man on the street outside the insurance office the pair were in.

* In ''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 ''TheIncredibles'', ''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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