History Main / IntellectuallySupportedTyranny

3rd Jan '18 9:17:13 PM JM1982
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This trope is somewhat rare since, for it to take proper effect, it must contrast to the general idea that intellectuals are supposed to be responsible in their social and political opinions. It has a more general application to the phenomenon of such people becoming (at best [[WellIntentionedExtremist misguided]]) sympathizers of the EvilOverlord du jour either because they DracoInLeatherPants said Lord for some reason or other, or see them as ByronicHero and NotEvilJustMisunderstood, which the villain might even invoke to better manipulate said intellectuals to serving as tools and builders of their CultOfPersonality. In fiction, this is a good variation on NotBrainwashed, and it provides a more nuanced and gray look at such conflicts to better explain why LaResistance is always on the back foot to TheEmpire.

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This trope is somewhat rare since, for it to take proper effect, it must contrast to has historically very much been TruthInTelevision, despite the general idea assumption that intellectuals are supposed to be responsible in their social and political opinions. It has a more general application to In these cases, the phenomenon intellectuals themselves can be the ones pulling the levers of such people becoming (at best power, and genuinely believe what they are doing is for the greater good.

More sympathetic fictional depictions may show the intellectuals as
[[WellIntentionedExtremist misguided]]) sympathizers of the EvilOverlord du jour either because they DracoInLeatherPants said Lord for some reason or other, or see them as ByronicHero and NotEvilJustMisunderstood, which the villain might even invoke to better manipulate said intellectuals to serving as tools and builders of their CultOfPersonality. In fiction, this This is a good variation on NotBrainwashed, and it provides a more nuanced and gray look at such conflicts to better explain why LaResistance is always on the back foot to TheEmpire.
29th Dec '17 4:59:12 PM KillerClowns
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Archetypes that are similar but not exactly this trope include WellIntentionedExtremist, MadScientist, EvilGenius, differing from this trope in that it better fits villains or VillainProtagonist. Intellectually Supported Tyranny are not really main characters but usually supporting players, and where the other archetypes commit evil actions believing them to be good, such figures know fully well that the actions are tyrannical but are both "necessary" and "correct". Given that they tend to reference actual totalitarian governments, {{dystopia}}n works often have the heroes interacting with this type, who tends to have power [[PersecutedIntellectual in a paradoxically anti-intellectual state]]. [[noreallife]]


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Archetypes that are similar but not exactly this trope include WellIntentionedExtremist, MadScientist, EvilGenius, differing from this trope in that it better fits villains or VillainProtagonist. Intellectually Supported Tyranny are not really main characters but usually supporting players, and where the other archetypes commit evil actions believing them to be good, such figures know fully well that the actions are tyrannical but are both "necessary" and "correct". Given that they tend to reference actual totalitarian governments, {{dystopia}}n works often have the heroes interacting with this type, who tends to have power [[PersecutedIntellectual [[PersecutedIntellectuals in a paradoxically anti-intellectual state]]. [[noreallife]]

29th Dec '17 4:59:00 PM KillerClowns
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Archetypes that are similar but not exactly this trope include WellIntentionedExtremist, MadScientist, EvilGenius, differing from this trope in that it better fits villains or VillainProtagonist. Intellectually Supported Tyranny are not really main characters but usually supporting players, and where the other archetypes commit evil actions believing them to be good, such figures know fully well that the actions are tyrannical but are both "necessary" and "correct". Given that they tend to reference actual totalitarian governments, {{dystopia}}n works often have the heroes interacting with this type, who tends to have power in a paradoxically anti-intellectual state. [[noreallife]]


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Archetypes that are similar but not exactly this trope include WellIntentionedExtremist, MadScientist, EvilGenius, differing from this trope in that it better fits villains or VillainProtagonist. Intellectually Supported Tyranny are not really main characters but usually supporting players, and where the other archetypes commit evil actions believing them to be good, such figures know fully well that the actions are tyrannical but are both "necessary" and "correct". Given that they tend to reference actual totalitarian governments, {{dystopia}}n works often have the heroes interacting with this type, who tends to have power [[PersecutedIntellectual in a paradoxically anti-intellectual state.state]]. [[noreallife]]

12th Dec '17 2:58:18 AM JulianLapostat
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Unfortunately, this trope has been TruthInTelevision in history. It is the antithesis of ThePhilosopherKing. Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli ''especially'' warns about philosophically and intellectually based governments, since they have a horrible tendency to collapse into intellectually supported tyrannies. Therefore, no RealLife examples, please. It's sufficient to say they have existed.

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Unfortunately, this trope has been TruthInTelevision in history. It is the antithesis of ThePhilosopherKing. Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli ''especially'' warns about philosophically and intellectually based governments, since they have a horrible tendency to collapse into intellectually supported tyrannies. Therefore, no RealLife examples, please. It's sufficient to say they have existed.
12th Dec '17 2:55:47 AM morane
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** It can be said Italian Fascism was ''Literature/TheRepublic'' GoneHorriblyRight. Giovanni Gentile, the head philosopher of the Italian Fascist Party, was strongly influenced by Plato.
12th Dec '17 2:40:36 AM morane
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Unfortunately, this trope has been TruthInTelevision in history. It is the antithesis of PhilosopherKing. Niccoló Machiavelli ''especially'' warns about philosophically and intellectually based governments, since they have a horrible tendency to collapse into intellectually supported tyrannies. Therefore, no RealLife examples, please. It's sufficient to say they have existed.

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Unfortunately, this trope has been TruthInTelevision in history. It is the antithesis of PhilosopherKing. Niccoló Machiavelli ThePhilosopherKing. Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli ''especially'' warns about philosophically and intellectually based governments, since they have a horrible tendency to collapse into intellectually supported tyrannies. Therefore, no RealLife examples, please. It's sufficient to say they have existed.
12th Dec '17 2:36:55 AM morane
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Unfortunately, this trope has been TruthInTelevision in history. It is the antithesis of PhilosopherKing. Niccoló Machiavelli ''especially'' warns about philosophically and intellectually based governments, since they have a horrible tendency to collapse into intellectually supported tyrannies. Therefore, no RealLife examples, please. It's sufficient to say they have existed.
21st Nov '17 9:01:05 PM Malady
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3rd Nov '17 10:32:15 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Doctor Wallace Breen in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' acts as the voice and face of the alien Combine occupation, but it's not entirely clear if his support is out of self-serving misanthropy or actual misguided idealism. Regardless, he constantly tries to provide "rational" and "scientific" reasons for why aliens committing genocide and suppressing human reproduction is a good thing for our future.

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* Doctor Wallace Breen in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' acts as the voice and face of the alien Combine occupation, but it's not entirely clear if his support is out of self-serving misanthropy or actual misguided idealism. Regardless, he constantly tries to provide "rational" and "scientific" reasons for why aliens committing genocide and suppressing human reproduction is a good thing for our future.
10th Sep '17 9:26:03 PM Doug86
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* [[ComicBook/TheFantasticFour Reed Richards]] turns from [[ReedRichardsIsUseless useless]] into outright this in Comicbook/CivilWar and ComicBook/MarvelZombies. In Comicbook/CivilWar, he and [[spoiler:Skrull!]]ComicBook/AntMan flank Tony Stark by this. Though in the case of ComicBook/MarvelZombies it's clear that the grief of losing his children left him.... slightly unhinged.

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* [[ComicBook/TheFantasticFour [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] turns from [[ReedRichardsIsUseless useless]] into outright this in Comicbook/CivilWar and ComicBook/MarvelZombies. In Comicbook/CivilWar, he and [[spoiler:Skrull!]]ComicBook/AntMan flank Tony Stark by this. Though in the case of ComicBook/MarvelZombies it's clear that the grief of losing his children left him.... slightly unhinged.
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