History Main / NoSympathy

6th Oct '17 10:50:20 PM DoctorNemesis
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Most of us of (relatively) sound mind would choose (a) -- the softer hearted (or fireproof) among us would choose (b). For some reason, though, an awful lot of characters in fiction prefer (c), throwing a tantrum or launching into a lecture when there really weren't any grounds for one.

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Most of us of (relatively) sound mind would choose (a) -- the softer hearted (or fireproof) among us would might choose (b). For some reason, though, an awful lot of characters in fiction prefer (c), throwing a tantrum or launching into a lecture when there really weren't any grounds for one.



A KafkaKomedy often {{invoke|dTrope}}s this trope. ComedicSociopathy is its demented sibling. Sometimes No Sympathy can be {{justified|Trope}} if the characters are young, since younger people are expected to be more self-centered and less empathic than adults... although, having said that, this may be extremely unfair to young people.

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A KafkaKomedy often {{invoke|dTrope}}s this trope. ComedicSociopathy is its demented sibling. Sometimes No Sympathy can be {{justified|Trope}} if the characters are young, since younger people are expected to be more self-centered and less empathic than adults... although, having said that, this may be extremely unfair to young people.
people. It might also be justified if the recipient is the AssholeVictim since, let's face it, it's kind of hard to sympathize with them to begin with.
4th Oct '17 12:31:56 PM fruitstripegum
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* The heroes of ''Series/OnceUponATime'', often display this to Rumplestiltskin, follwing his HeelFaceTurn in the middle of the fourth season; regardless of how involved he actually is in a BigBad's plot...

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* The heroes of ''Series/OnceUponATime'', often display this to Rumplestiltskin, follwing following his HeelFaceTurn in the middle of the fourth season; regardless of how involved he actually is in a BigBad's plot...
17th Sep '17 1:44:00 PM Gemser
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* ''Film/TheWorldOfKanako'': [[spoiler:Kanako]] does not care when Ogata commits suicide, seemingly not caring for the weak. The same goes with the narrator who is manipulated into a fate even worse.
9th Aug '17 9:00:08 AM Bootlebat
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* A particularly horrifying example: When Timothy McVeigh learned that [[WouldHurtAChild 19 little kids died due to his bomb]] he chillingly replied "I have no sympathy for them" and described them as [[WeHaveReserves "Collateral damage"]]. Needless to say, the jury quickly returned a guilty verdict and recommended the death penalty.
18th Jul '17 1:00:34 PM starwolf
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* <i>Criminal</i> (an English-language remake of Nine Queens) has Creator/JohnCReilly's con-artist character Richard established as much less sympathetic than Creator/DiegoLuna's con-artist character Rodrigo.
-->'''Richard:''' I don't feel anything for them, okay, they're marks. And some of them are dumber than fuckin' pets.
23rd Jun '17 2:00:55 AM himmelicht
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* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'''s Heaven's Feel route.
12th Jun '17 12:22:59 AM JaneStValentine
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* The heroes of ''Series/OnceUponATime'', often display this to Rumplestiltskin, follwing his HeelFaceTurn in the middle of the fourth season; regardless of how involved he actually is in a BigBad's plot...
11th Jun '17 1:07:34 PM Malady
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* Stories about the in-laws-from-hell usually feature the bride's parents (and many of her other associates, and in some cases ''the bride herself'') having No Sympathy for her husband. The OverprotectiveDad in particular is ill-inclined to give his son-in-law an inch. ''MeetTheParents'' and ''Series/TheWorstWeekOfMyLife'' are two examples.

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* Stories about the in-laws-from-hell usually feature the bride's parents (and many of her other associates, and in some cases ''the bride herself'') having No Sympathy for her husband. The OverprotectiveDad in particular is ill-inclined to give his son-in-law an inch. ''MeetTheParents'' ''Film/MeetTheParents'' and ''Series/TheWorstWeekOfMyLife'' are two examples.
9th Jun '17 6:10:48 AM MsCC93
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* At the end of the Saiyan Saga in ''Manga/DragonBallZ'' Chi-Chi refuses to speak or even acknowledge Goku's existence despite him having every bone in his body broken. Even before then, she jumped over Goku to get to Gohan and ignored Krillin when he pointed out that Goku was badly hurt. Her justification, it was ''Goku's'' fault that Gohan was in battle and hurt. This is ignoring that Goku was dead for almost a year and it was Piccolo who trained Gohan without his knowledge. When he did get to the battlefield, he told Gohan to stay back and then sent Krillin and him away, wanting to fight Vegeta alone. Gohan returned to fight on his own and Goku only told Gohan to fight since he couldn't move anymore. So, she's blaming Goku for stuff he had no control of. She was called out on this by several characters. Despite this being PlayedForLaughs, it's so [[DudeNotFunny jarring and completely unfunny]] many people sees her as a terrible wife whom many cites that Goku should have married Bulma over her.[[note]]The reason Chi-Chi is portrayed this way is because [[Creator/AkiraToriyama the author]] was trying to make a commentary on [[EducationMama "education mamas"]]. Here, Chi-Chi is being portrayed as a gross exaggeration of this type of character.[[/note]]

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* At the end of the Saiyan Saga in ''Manga/DragonBallZ'' Chi-Chi refuses to speak or even acknowledge Goku's existence despite him having every bone in his body broken. Even before then, she jumped over Goku to get to Gohan and ignored Krillin when he pointed out that Goku was badly hurt. Her justification, it was ''Goku's'' fault that Gohan was in battle and hurt. This is ignoring that Goku was dead for almost a year and it was Piccolo who trained Gohan without his knowledge. When he did get to the battlefield, he told Gohan to stay back and then sent Krillin and him away, wanting to fight Vegeta alone. Gohan returned to fight on his own and Goku only told Gohan to fight since he couldn't move anymore. So, she's blaming Goku for stuff he had no control of. She was called out on this by several characters. Despite this being PlayedForLaughs, it's so [[DudeNotFunny jarring and completely unfunny]] many people sees her as a terrible wife whom many cites that Goku should have married Bulma over her.unfunny]].[[note]]The reason Chi-Chi is portrayed this way is because [[Creator/AkiraToriyama the author]] was trying to make a commentary on [[EducationMama "education mamas"]]. Here, Chi-Chi is being portrayed as a gross exaggeration of this type of character.[[/note]]
4th Jun '17 8:49:04 AM DVB
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* ''Series/{{Psych}}'' has a similar problem to NCIS. There are a few very dramatic episodes were everything is taking completely seriously (the yin-yang trilogy stands out). It's more comedy than drama though, so laughing at bullet wounds/kidnapping/near death escapes is pretty common. In short, the characters seem to mysteriously know whether the danger is real or not.

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* ''Series/{{Psych}}'' has a similar problem to NCIS. There are a few very dramatic episodes were everything sometimes if not often have the characters show shades of this, and the entire thing is taking completely seriously (the yin-yang trilogy stands out). It's more comedy than drama though, usually played for laughts whatever misfortune it is. [[JustifiedTrope However, Psych is primarily a comical show]] so laughing at bullet wounds/kidnapping/near death escapes is pretty common. In short, the characters seem to mysteriously know whether the danger is real or not.not.
** Also very much subverted whenever the show decides to get serious (such as the Yin-Yang trilogy.) Whenever things get serious, there is a defintie level of camrederie and support, especially when some of the protagonists reach their limits in dealing with the crisises. Examples include [[spoiler: Lassiter comforting Juliet after her kidnapping in the Season 4 finale during her breakdown, Juliet trying to keep Shawn out of harm's way when he is on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge when an old family friend is revealed to be a DirtyCop who shot his dad and even Lassiter gives Shawn some support because of that.]]
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