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25th May '16 3:03:22 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/AliGIndahouse'' plays this for comedy with the East and West Staines Massivs, who affect being engaged in a gang rivalry, but won't break any laws. One scene has them drag-racing down a suburban street while maintaining their MPHs at the exact legal limit.

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* ''Film/AliGIndahouse'' plays this for comedy with the East and West Staines Massivs, who affect being engaged in a gang rivalry, but won't break any laws. One scene has them drag-racing down a suburban street while maintaining their MPHs speed at the exact legal limit.
16th May '16 4:57:28 PM Karxrida
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Overlaps heavily with SmallNameBigEgo. Compare PokeThePoodle, where someone's attempt at doing evil is similarly unimpressive. Also compare TheManIsStickingItToTheMan, where a company encourages rebellion by following their own rules and buying their products. See also SupposedlyRebelliousSeries, which was formerly named RuleAbidingRebel.

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Overlaps heavily with SmallNameBigEgo. Compare PokeThePoodle, where someone's attempt at doing evil is similarly unimpressive. Also compare TheManIsStickingItToTheMan, where a company encourages rebellion by following their own rules and buying their products. See also SupposedlyRebelliousSeries, which was formerly named RuleAbidingRebel.
5th May '16 8:56:25 PM nombretomado
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* ''FullHouse'' really, really wants its audience to believe that Uncle Jesse is a badass because he drives a motorcycle and listens to/plays rock music (''Classic'' rock like [[ElvisPresley Elvis]] that is. A TakeThat at TwistedSister indicates that [[WriterOnBoard neither he nor the writers]] care for HeavyMetal). In reality, not so much. Eventually Jesse leaves his "wild ways" behind when he decides to get married and have [[CousinOliver twins.]]

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* ''FullHouse'' ''Series/FullHouse'' really, really wants its audience to believe that Uncle Jesse is a badass because he drives a motorcycle and listens to/plays rock music (''Classic'' rock like [[ElvisPresley Elvis]] that is. A TakeThat at TwistedSister indicates that [[WriterOnBoard neither he nor the writers]] care for HeavyMetal). In reality, not so much. Eventually Jesse leaves his "wild ways" behind when he decides to get married and have [[CousinOliver twins.]]
14th Apr '16 4:55:28 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/AliGIndahouse'' plays this for comedy with the East and West Staines Massivs, who affect being engaged in a gang rivalry, but won't break any laws. One scene has them drag-racing down a suburban street while maintaining their MPHs at the exact legal limit.
19th Mar '16 5:16:47 AM Hossmeister
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17th Mar '16 3:34:13 PM MasoTey
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* ''Literature/{{Kim}}'' by Creator/RudyardKipling features an English boy raised among the locals who speaks Hindustani as his first language and who's seen as too rebellious by his English minders, but who nonetheless [[YouWillBeAssimilated try to assimilate him to serve as a loyal spy]] for UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire. Within the book, the narrator and others talk about the fact that while Englishmen in India can immerse themselves in local cultures and traditions, GoingNative is a major no-no and Kim ultimately tries to resolve his internal conflict between his liking for India and its people and his awareness of being an English officer who will one day administrate them.

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* ''Literature/{{Kim}}'' by Creator/RudyardKipling features an English boy raised among the locals who speaks Hindustani as his first language and who's language. He's seen as too rebellious by his English minders, but who nonetheless [[YouWillBeAssimilated try to assimilate him to serve as a loyal spy]] for UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire. Within the book, the narrator and others talk about the fact that while Englishmen in India can immerse themselves in local cultures and traditions, GoingNative is a major no-no and Kim ultimately tries to resolve his internal conflict between his liking for India and its people and his awareness of being an English officer who will one day administrate them.



* Pretty well all kids' shows on networks like {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} and Creator/DisneyChannel that have a character who is supposed to be a rebel but is in fact this trope, as the MoralGuardians wouldn't allow anyone DarkerAndEdgier. For instance, Dean Moriarty is supposed to be a 'bad boy' in ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', but his character is shown by the fact that he way he uses ... ''temporary tattoos''! He's very much the BadButt.

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* Pretty well all kids' shows on networks like {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} and Creator/DisneyChannel that have a character who is supposed to be a rebel but is in fact this trope, as the MoralGuardians wouldn't allow anyone DarkerAndEdgier. For instance, Dean Moriarty is supposed to be a 'bad boy' in ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', but his character is shown by the fact that he way he uses ... ''temporary tattoos''! He's very much the BadButt.
21st Feb '16 11:09:37 PM jormis29
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* ''{{Garfield}}'': Jon Arbuckle's attempts to be unconventional come off as this.
-->'''Jon:''' I'm wearing knee pads on my ''elbows''!
-->'''Garfield:''' You're a wild man, Jon Arbuckle!
* ''CalvinAndHobbes'' would often explore the hypocrisy of pop-culture rebellion - and in at least one instance, in a more gentle and wistful way that focused on the "conformist" rather than the "rebel." In an early series of strips from 1987, Calvin got it into his head to rebel - but he was determined to [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority rebel only in a "cool" way]] that (he thought) wouldn't get him actually mocked. Hobbes finds him leaning against a tree with a smug, world-weary expression on his face and claiming to be "cool"; Hobbes points out that Calvin doesn't look very happy, whereupon Calvin tells him that that's the whole point of being cool. Hobbes disagrees, and when he comes back he's wearing a sombrero simply because he likes the look, and says ''this'' makes him cool. Calvin tells him that not only do "cool" people not wear sombreros, but ''nobody'' wears sombreros. Annoyed, Hobbes leaves and then comes back wearing some "cool" Mickey Mouse pants - again, simply because he likes how they look on him. Again Calvin mocks him...but Hobbes does not care. [[note]] The joke here is that Calvin thinks Hobbes is the Rule-Abiding Rebel, but that [[{{Irony}} it's clear from the overall strip that that person is Calvin himself]]. [[/note]]

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* ''{{Garfield}}'': ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': Jon Arbuckle's attempts to be unconventional come off as this.
-->'''Jon:''' I'm wearing knee pads on my ''elbows''!
-->'''Garfield:'''
''elbows''!\\
'''Garfield:'''
You're a wild man, Jon Arbuckle!
* ''CalvinAndHobbes'' ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' would often explore the hypocrisy of pop-culture rebellion - and in at least one instance, in a more gentle and wistful way that focused on the "conformist" rather than the "rebel." In an early series of strips from 1987, Calvin got it into his head to rebel - but he was determined to [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority rebel only in a "cool" way]] that (he thought) wouldn't get him actually mocked. Hobbes finds him leaning against a tree with a smug, world-weary expression on his face and claiming to be "cool"; Hobbes points out that Calvin doesn't look very happy, whereupon Calvin tells him that that's the whole point of being cool. Hobbes disagrees, and when he comes back he's wearing a sombrero simply because he likes the look, and says ''this'' makes him cool. Calvin tells him that not only do "cool" people not wear sombreros, but ''nobody'' wears sombreros. Annoyed, Hobbes leaves and then comes back wearing some "cool" Mickey Mouse pants - again, simply because he likes how they look on him. Again Calvin mocks him...but Hobbes does not care. [[note]] The joke here is that Calvin thinks Hobbes is the Rule-Abiding Rebel, but that [[{{Irony}} it's clear from the overall strip that that person is Calvin himself]]. [[/note]]
9th Jan '16 10:47:11 AM Scabbard
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* ''FullHouse'' really, really wants its audience to believe that Uncle Jesse is a badass because he drives a motorcycle and listens to/plays rock music (''Classic'' rock like [[ElvisPresley Elvis]] that is. A TakeThat at TwistedSister indicates that [[WriterOnBoard neither he nor the writers]] care for HeavyMetal.). In reality, not so much. Eventually Jesse leaves his "wild ways" behind when he decides to get married and have [[CousinOliver twins.]]

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* ''FullHouse'' really, really wants its audience to believe that Uncle Jesse is a badass because he drives a motorcycle and listens to/plays rock music (''Classic'' rock like [[ElvisPresley Elvis]] that is. A TakeThat at TwistedSister indicates that [[WriterOnBoard neither he nor the writers]] care for HeavyMetal.).HeavyMetal). In reality, not so much. Eventually Jesse leaves his "wild ways" behind when he decides to get married and have [[CousinOliver twins.]]
31st Dec '15 2:04:36 PM 10-13-2
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* ''CalvinAndHobbes'' would often explore the hypocrisy of pop-culture rebellion - and in at least one instance, in a more gentle and wistful way that focused on the "conformist" rather than the "rebel." In an early series of strips from 1987, Calvin got it into his head to rebel - but he was determined to [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority rebel only in a "cool" way]] that (he thought) wouldn't get him actually mocked. Hobbes finds him leaning against a tree with a smug, world-weary expression on his face and claiming to be "cool"; Hobbes points out that Calvin doesn't look very happy, whereupon Calvin tells him that that's the whole point of being cool. Hobbes disagrees, and when he comes back he's wearing a sombrero simply because he likes the look, and says ''this'' makes him cool. Calvin tells him that not only do "cool" people not wear sombreros, but ''nobody'' wears sombreros. Annoyed, Hobbes leaves and then comes back wearing some "cool" Mickey Mouse pants - again, simply because he likes how they look on him. Again Calvin mocks him...but Hobbes does not care.

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* ''CalvinAndHobbes'' would often explore the hypocrisy of pop-culture rebellion - and in at least one instance, in a more gentle and wistful way that focused on the "conformist" rather than the "rebel." In an early series of strips from 1987, Calvin got it into his head to rebel - but he was determined to [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority rebel only in a "cool" way]] that (he thought) wouldn't get him actually mocked. Hobbes finds him leaning against a tree with a smug, world-weary expression on his face and claiming to be "cool"; Hobbes points out that Calvin doesn't look very happy, whereupon Calvin tells him that that's the whole point of being cool. Hobbes disagrees, and when he comes back he's wearing a sombrero simply because he likes the look, and says ''this'' makes him cool. Calvin tells him that not only do "cool" people not wear sombreros, but ''nobody'' wears sombreros. Annoyed, Hobbes leaves and then comes back wearing some "cool" Mickey Mouse pants - again, simply because he likes how they look on him. Again Calvin mocks him...but Hobbes does not care. [[note]] The joke here is that Calvin thinks Hobbes is the Rule-Abiding Rebel, but that [[{{Irony}} it's clear from the overall strip that that person is Calvin himself]]. [[/note]]
31st Dec '15 2:01:52 PM 10-13-2
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Someone who is going for being a RebelliousSpirit but whose rebellion is mildly inconvenient at best, or so minor to be unnoticed at worst. This may be a fumble on the writer's part where they genuinely think the act is impressively rebellious but due to ValuesDissonance the audience doesn't think so. However, usually it's used as a characterization trope to show that the character himself is either so out-of-touch or self-important that they believe they're edgy and pushing the envelope even when it's unimpressive. They may also be too timid to really commit to a truly rebellious act. Maybe they don't even really believe in their cause but just want to fit in with "cool" modern culture.

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Someone who is going for being a RebelliousSpirit but whose rebellion is mildly inconvenient at best, or so minor to be unnoticed at worst. This may be a fumble on the writer's part where they genuinely think the act is impressively rebellious but due to ValuesDissonance the audience doesn't think so. However, usually it's used as a characterization trope to show that the character himself is either so out-of-touch or self-important that they believe they're edgy and pushing the envelope even when it's unimpressive. They may also be too timid to really commit to a truly rebellious act. Maybe [[{{Hypocrite}} they don't even really believe in their cause cause]], but just want to fit in with "cool" modern culture.
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