History Main / Freudianexcuse

2nd Jan '18 10:26:12 PM Galaxithea
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Unfortunately, just like a PetTheDog moment, the Freudian Excuse sometimes fails to give a villain any depth at all. If the villain is particularly evil, it can come across as an illogical and lame NonSequitur: "his father beat him, and that's why he's an OmnicidalManiac." Even if the villain's crimes are proportionate, the writers have to strike a hard balance. Too much emphasis on the excuse, and it looks like they're attorneys justifying the villain. Too little, and it is a fallacious AppealToPity that looks like a ridiculously gratuitous scene of {{Wangst}}.

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Unfortunately, just like a PetTheDog moment, the Freudian Excuse sometimes fails to give a villain any depth at all. If the villain is particularly evil, it can come across as an illogical and lame NonSequitur: "his father beat him, and [[DisproportionateRetribution that's why he's an an]] OmnicidalManiac." Even if the villain's crimes are proportionate, the writers have to strike a hard balance. Too much emphasis on the excuse, and it looks like they're attorneys justifying the villain. Too little, and it is a fallacious AppealToPity that looks like a ridiculously gratuitous scene of {{Wangst}}.
2nd Dec '17 9:16:27 PM Theriocephalus
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Sometimes, causes FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse.

See also StartOfDarkness, MonsterSobStory, JerkassWoobie, AbusiveParents, ParentalNeglect, ParentalAbandonment, WellDoneSonGuy, SingleIssuePsychology, TragicBigot, BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil, WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, and WhosLaughingNow. In cases of {{Complete Monster}}s, the FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse and fails to justify anything, merely explaining their origins and nothing more. It could even be used to make the character ''worse'', since they reject the possibility of ever getting over their trauma and changing their ways. Not to be confused with FreudWasRight, AllPsychologyIsFreudian (or any of the other five or so Tropes that UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud was the TropeNamer for, actually.)

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Sometimes, causes FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse.

See also StartOfDarkness, MonsterSobStory, JerkassWoobie, AbusiveParents, ParentalNeglect, ParentalAbandonment, WellDoneSonGuy, SingleIssuePsychology, TragicBigot, BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil, WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, and WhosLaughingNow. In cases of {{Complete Monster}}s, the FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse and this fails to justify anything, merely explaining their origins and nothing more. It could even be used to make the character ''worse'', since they reject the possibility of ever getting over their trauma and changing their ways. Not to be confused with FreudWasRight, AllPsychologyIsFreudian (or any of the other five or so Tropes that UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud was the TropeNamer for, actually.)
2nd Dec '17 4:49:31 PM Arcana4th
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Sometimes, causes FreudianExcuseIsNoEscuse.

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Sometimes, causes FreudianExcuseIsNoEscuse.
FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse.
2nd Dec '17 4:49:15 PM Arcana4th
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Sometimes, causes FreudianExcuseIsNoEscuse.
30th Nov '17 6:43:09 PM Theriocephalus
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See also StartOfDarkness, MonsterSobStory, JerkassWoobie, AbusiveParents, ParentalNeglect, ParentalAbandonment, WellDoneSonGuy, SingleIssuePsychology, TragicBigot, BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil, WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, and WhosLaughingNow. In cases of {{Complete Monster}}s, the Freudian Excuse fails to justify anything, merely explain and nothing more. It could even be used to make the character ''worse'', since they reject the possibility of ever getting over their trauma and changing their ways. Not to be confused with FreudWasRight, AllPsychologyIsFreudian (or any of the other five or so Tropes that UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud was the TropeNamer for, actually.)

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See also StartOfDarkness, MonsterSobStory, JerkassWoobie, AbusiveParents, ParentalNeglect, ParentalAbandonment, WellDoneSonGuy, SingleIssuePsychology, TragicBigot, BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil, WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, and WhosLaughingNow. In cases of {{Complete Monster}}s, the Freudian Excuse FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse and fails to justify anything, merely explain explaining their origins and nothing more. It could even be used to make the character ''worse'', since they reject the possibility of ever getting over their trauma and changing their ways. Not to be confused with FreudWasRight, AllPsychologyIsFreudian (or any of the other five or so Tropes that UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud was the TropeNamer for, actually.)
22nd Nov '17 11:27:01 AM ectostar
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Contrast UpbringingMakesTheHero.
31st Oct '17 5:32:27 AM HighCrate
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Most [[KnightTemplar Knight Templars]] are known for having brutal childhoods.

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Most [[KnightTemplar Knight Templars]] Knights Templar]] are known for having brutal childhoods.
30th Oct '17 7:13:19 AM kjabril91
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Most [[KnightTemplars KnightTemplar]] are known for having brutal childhoods.

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Most [[KnightTemplars KnightTemplar]] [[KnightTemplar Knight Templars]] are known for having brutal childhoods.
30th Oct '17 7:12:40 AM kjabril91
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Most KnightTemplars are known for having brutal childhoods.

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Most KnightTemplars [[KnightTemplars KnightTemplar]] are known for having brutal childhoods.
30th Oct '17 7:11:52 AM kjabril91
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Most KnightTemplars are known for having brutal childhoods.
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