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29th Jul '17 3:09:00 AM WanderingBrowser
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** In the series proper, amoral MadScientist Qyburn accuses the Maesters of this, directly accusing them of being behind Westeros' MedievalStasis. Initially, this seems to be just a NeverMyFault justification for his ForScience attitude, but then comes TheReveal in season 7. Namely, that the Maesters know, and have always known, that the White Walkers ''are'' real, but they see no reason to bother with alerting the rulers of Westeros because they assume that the Wall in the North will keep them at bay as it has done for centuries.
28th Jul '17 3:06:01 AM justanid
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* The undead endings of ''VideoGame/AgeOfWonders'', when the PlayerCharacter comes to their senses and sees [[{{Necromancer}} Inioch]] for [[OmnicidalManiac what he is]]. [[spoiler:If the PC is evil, they realize too late and their own forces come to kill them; if the PC is good, they escape, knowing Inioch will hunt them endlessly.]]

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* The undead endings of ''VideoGame/AgeOfWonders'', when the PlayerCharacter comes to their senses and sees [[{{Necromancer}} Inioch]] for [[OmnicidalManiac what he is]]. [[spoiler:If [[spoiler:In one version, the PC is evil, they realize realizes this too late and their own forces come to kill them; if in the other the PC is good, they escape, escapes, knowing Inioch will hunt them endlessly.]]
28th Jul '17 2:55:39 AM justanid
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* The undead endings of ''VideoGame/AgeOfWonders'', when the PlayerCharacter comes to their senses and sees [[{{Necromancer}} Inioch]] for [[OmnicidalManiac what he is]]. [[spoiler:If the PC is evil, they realize too late and their own forces come to kill them; if the PC good they escape, knowing Inioch will hunt them endlessly.]]

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* The undead endings of ''VideoGame/AgeOfWonders'', when the PlayerCharacter comes to their senses and sees [[{{Necromancer}} Inioch]] for [[OmnicidalManiac what he is]]. [[spoiler:If the PC is evil, they realize too late and their own forces come to kill them; if the PC good is good, they escape, knowing Inioch will hunt them endlessly.]]
28th Jul '17 2:53:06 AM justanid
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* The undead endings of ''VideoGame/AgeOfWonders'', when the PlayerCharacter comes to their senses and sees [[{{Necromancer}} Inioch]] for [[OmnicidalManiac what he is]]. [[spoiler:If the PC is evil, they realize too late and their own forces come to kill them; if the PC good they escape, knowing Inioch will hunt them endlessly.]]
19th Jul '17 12:54:33 PM Materioptikon
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* ''FanFic/BeautifulFictionsBabylon'': Fuhrer Hakuro deals with the terrorist terrorizing Central by completely ignoring her and refusing to give Mustang any back-up when he tries to deal with the problem. When it becomes apparent that homeless people were brutally murdered or sometimes eaten, he notes that Central is [[KillThePoor better off with them.]]

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* ''FanFic/BeautifulFictionsBabylon'': Fuhrer Hakuro deals with the terrorist terrorizing Central by completely ignoring her and refusing to give Mustang any back-up when he tries to deal with the problem. When it becomes apparent that homeless people were brutally murdered or sometimes eaten, he notes that Central is [[KillThePoor better off with without them.]]
11th Jul '17 1:21:24 AM Occidensill
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See OstrichHeadHiding for the AnimalStereotype that ostriches literally hide their heads in the sand[[note]]which is actually an UrbanLegend[[/note]].

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See OstrichHeadHiding for the AnimalStereotype and UrbanLegend that ostriches literally hide their heads in the sand[[note]]which is actually an UrbanLegend[[/note]].
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* In a non-military example, the President and Vice President ([[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed who are clearly not George W. Bush and Dick Cheney]]) in ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'', particularly the latter. Neither is ready to accept (perhaps with some good reason) or act on the scientific predictions of doom in a century or so for half the world.

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* In a non-military example, the President and Vice President ([[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed who are clearly not George W. Bush and Dick Cheney]]) in ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'', particularly the latter. Neither is ready to accept (perhaps with some good reason) or act on the scientific predictions of doom in a century or so for half the world.



** Chancellor Valorum is this, too.

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** Chancellor Valorum is appears to be this, too. too, but it's in fact another case of Palpatine pulling strings, in this case to make Valorum appear ineffectual when he was in fact pushing for intervention and had directly sent the Jedi to investigate in the the first place.



* In ''Film/PacificRim'', when Jaegers start actively losing the war against Kaiju, the UN's response is to redirect all their funds and efforts into building massive walls blocking the Pacific Ocean from the rest of the continents. Even after a Kaiju tears through Australia's wall like tissue paper (it later gets kill by Australia's Jaeger pilots), they outright state their intention is to continue building the wall instead of continuing the arms race against the Kaiju.

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* In ''Film/PacificRim'', when Jaegers start actively losing the war against Kaiju, the UN's response is to redirect all their funds and efforts into building massive walls blocking the Pacific Ocean from the rest of the continents. Even after a Kaiju tears through Australia's wall like tissue paper (it later gets kill killed by Australia's Jaeger pilots), they outright state their intention is to continue building the wall instead of continuing the arms race against the Kaiju.



* The Pre War Presidential Administration in ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', who ignored the solutions to preventing the looming global zombie outbreak, instead performing a few token solutions that ranged from unhelpful to genuinely harmful (i.e. allowing a bogus vaccine to pass through the FCCC). When interviewing the former Chief of Staff, [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Grover Carlson]], Max Brooks calls him out on this.

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* The Pre War Presidential Administration in ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', who ignored the solutions to preventing the looming global zombie outbreak, instead performing a few token solutions that ranged from unhelpful to genuinely harmful (i.e. allowing a bogus vaccine to pass through the FCCC).FDA). When interviewing the former Chief of Staff, [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Grover Carlson]], Max Brooks calls him out on this.



** A better example of this trope might be Cersei's attempts to rule Westeros. She undermines Tyrion as often as she can [[EvilIsPetty purely out of spite,]] and when given the opportunity [[StupidEvil she gets rid of all the experienced councillors and replaces them with toadies who are unable or unwilling to give her useful advice (which she seldom listens to anyway).]] Despite the aforementioned civil war threatening the destruction of her entire family, and the DeadlyDecadentCourt containing a large number of highly skilled opponents who will grab more power as soon as they can, she ignores all the long-term problems and focuses only on her own impulsive decisions. [[spoiler: As of the end of book five, this has come back to bite her REALLY hard]].

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** A better example of this trope might be Cersei's attempts to rule Westeros. She undermines Tyrion as often as she can [[EvilIsPetty purely out of spite,]] and when given the opportunity [[StupidEvil she gets rid of all the experienced councillors councilors and replaces them with toadies who are unable or unwilling to give her useful advice (which she seldom listens to anyway).]] Despite the aforementioned civil war threatening the destruction of her entire family, and the DeadlyDecadentCourt containing a large number of highly skilled opponents who will grab more power as soon as they can, she ignores all the long-term problems and focuses only on her own impulsive decisions. [[spoiler: As of the end of book five, this has come back to bite her REALLY hard]].



* In ''Literature/StarksWar'', the army's top brass is pretty much incapable of understanding or accepting anything that doesn't fit what they were planning to do anyway. The enemy has defences which would complicate a planned advance? Our troops are dying in scores because we keep charging right into enemy heavy artillery fire? No, sergeant, our intelligence reports assure us that you're just imagining it, and clearly, the plan can't be wrong. Further comment from the ranks is not required.

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* In ''Literature/StarksWar'', the army's top brass is pretty much incapable of understanding or accepting anything that doesn't fit what they were planning to do anyway. The enemy has defences defenses which would complicate a planned advance? Our troops are dying in scores because we keep charging right into enemy heavy artillery fire? No, sergeant, our intelligence reports assure us that you're just imagining it, and clearly, the plan can't be wrong. Further comment from the ranks is not required.



** It gets worse after the introduction of [[NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering the I.O.A.]], who insist on inflicting ridiculous policies on SGC personnel, all whilst ignoring the various major threats that are posed to annihilate Earth or the galaxy at any given moment. For the most part, the SGC personnel seem to consider the I.O.A. to be [[AuthorityInNameOnly a joke organisation]] and are well aware that it's members are such [[SlaveToPR slaves to PR]], they'd never want to be seen [[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike complaining]] about Earth being saved ''because'' they were ignored.

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** It gets worse after the introduction of [[NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering the I.O.A.]], who insist on inflicting ridiculous policies on SGC personnel, all whilst ignoring the various major threats that are posed to annihilate Earth or the galaxy at any given moment. For the most part, the SGC personnel seem to consider the I.O.A. to be [[AuthorityInNameOnly a joke organisation]] organization]] and are well aware that it's members are such [[SlaveToPR slaves to PR]], they'd never want to be seen [[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike complaining]] about Earth being saved ''because'' they were ignored.



* Much like the later council in the ''Star Wars'' prequels, the plot of the ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' series is kick-started by the Jedi Council being content to sit and wait as Mandalorian armies ravage the Republic, with a number of Jedi going against their wishes and following Revan off to war. What's left of the council continues this sort of behaviour in the second game - when the Exile find them on your own, they're reasonable enough, but bring them all back together on Dantooine and they [[spoiler: immediately turn on the Exile, out of fear because the Exile became a Force ''[[HumanoidAbomination black hole]]'' after Malachor V, declaring them to be Sith and contemplate having the Exile killed.]]

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* Much like the later council in the ''Star Wars'' prequels, the plot of the ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' series is kick-started by the Jedi Council being content to sit and wait as Mandalorian armies ravage the Republic, with a number of Jedi going against their wishes and following Revan off to war. What's left of the council continues this sort of behaviour behavior in the second game - when the Exile find them on your own, they're reasonable enough, but bring them all back together on Dantooine and they [[spoiler: immediately turn on the Exile, out of fear because the Exile became a Force ''[[HumanoidAbomination black hole]]'' after Malachor V, declaring them to be Sith and contemplate having the Exile killed.]]
11th Jun '17 3:11:10 PM nombretomado
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* ''YesMinister'', when Humphrey lists the "Five Standard Excuses", includes this bit:

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* ''YesMinister'', ''Series/YesMinister'', when Humphrey lists the "Five Standard Excuses", includes this bit:
16th May '17 10:57:22 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''FanFic/FireEmblemAwakeningInvisibleTies'': In chapter 7, Chrom calls Emmeryn out on constantly focusing on diplomacy while Gangrel freely sends raiding parties into Ylisse to cause chaos, and finally takes the initiative to confront the raiders himself when she won't listen to him. It takes Gangrel kidnapping Maribelle and trying to ransom her for the Fire Emblem for Emmeryn to finally get it through her thick skull that no, Gangrel ''won't'' listen to reason and ''has'' to be stopped by force.
22nd Apr '17 5:56:08 AM rjd1922
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* The Argent Crusade and Cenarion Circle with regard to the Horde trampling on their stated purposes in WorldofWarcraft.

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* The Argent Crusade and Cenarion Circle with regard to the Horde trampling on their stated purposes in WorldofWarcraft.''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
26th Mar '17 3:23:02 PM Jeduthun
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May also be an ObstructiveBureaucrat. Frequently used by the villain for their EvilPlan, in which case, expect a HeelRealization when they recognize the threat and their role in it. May cause PacifismBackfire. Compare with TheQuisling, a leader who is literally in the employ of the villain. Opposite number to the ReasonableAuthorityFigure. See also DividedWeFall and WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong

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May also be an ObstructiveBureaucrat. Frequently used by the villain for their EvilPlan, in which case, expect a HeelRealization when they recognize the threat and their role in it. May cause PacifismBackfire. Compare with TheQuisling, a leader who is literally in the employ of the villain. Opposite number to the ReasonableAuthorityFigure. See also DividedWeFall and WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong
WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong Compare NoObjectPermanence, for when someone believes anything they can't see doesn't exist.
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