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24th Feb '15 10:56:19 AM Gowan
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* In ''Literature/FireAndHemlock'', this is played totally straight; the only people who actively seek to harm Polly are those who know who she is. She gatecrashes a funeral, pretends to be family, and befriends an adult man. Sounds dangerous? Only becomes dangerous because his enemies are now her enemies.

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* In ''Literature/FireAndHemlock'', this is played totally straight; the only people who actively seek to harm Polly are those who know who she is. She gatecrashes a funeral, pretends to be part of the (large) family, and befriends an adult man.man, who helps her get out of the party before people notice she isn't family. Sounds dangerous? Only becomes dangerous because his enemies are now her enemies.
24th Feb '15 10:55:16 AM Gowan
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* In ''Literature/FireAndHemlock'', this is played totally straight; the only people who actively seek to harm Polly are those who know who she is. She gatecrashes a funeral, pretends to be family, and befriends an adult man. Sounds dangerous? Only becomes dangerous because his enemies are now her enemies.
24th Feb '15 10:51:31 AM Gowan
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* In the ''Literature/{{Hurog}} duology, this trope is sometimes subverted (Ward's younger brother ran away from the man Ward sent him to live with, because he didn't trust Ward, and thought strangers to be the safer option. Ward is perfectly trustworthy.), but also played straight a number of times - which this is justified by the number of scheming nobles. Random strangers ''are'' more trustworthy if a large number of people wants you dead because of who you are.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Hurog}} ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'' duology, this trope is sometimes subverted (Ward's younger brother ran away from the man Ward sent him to live with, because he didn't trust Ward, and thought strangers to be the safer option. Ward is perfectly trustworthy.), but also played straight a number of times - which this is justified by the number of scheming nobles. Random strangers ''are'' more trustworthy if a large number of people wants you dead because of who you are.
24th Feb '15 10:51:08 AM Gowan
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* In the ''Literature/{{Hurog}} duology, this trope is sometimes subverted (Ward's younger brother ran away from the man Ward sent him to live with, because he didn't trust Ward, and thought strangers to be the safer option. Ward is perfectly trustworthy.), but also played straight a number of times - which this is justified by the number of scheming nobles. Random strangers ''are'' more trustworthy if a large number of people wants you dead because of who you are.
24th Feb '15 10:42:38 AM Gowan
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The tendency of fictional works to assume that characters can talk to, share a room with, or travel with complete strangers without doing a background check or even a [[FailedASpotCheck basic spot check]] - and despite this, nothing bad will ''ever'' happen.

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The tendency of fictional works to assume that characters can talk to, share a room with, or travel with complete strangers without doing a background check or even a [[FailedASpotCheck basic spot check]] - and despite this, nothing bad will ''ever'' happen.
happen. Most common in P&P roleplaying, where common sense may be handwaved in order to get to start the adventure.
24th Feb '15 10:37:08 AM Gowan
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* TruthInTelevision: If you are not a criminal, and usually stay out of conflict, the person most likely to murder you is your spouse. It's the same for rape, with the majority of offenses being date rape. It's not so much the fact that strangers are nicer people, that would be InsaneTrollLogic, but due to psychological phenomenons, you could actually be safer around a random stranger than someone you are attracted to, or who approached you. [[note]] People who were victimized as children may subconsciously come to think of the red flags as signs of masculinity and thus be attracted to violent men. The other way round, psychopaths are known to be good at spotting people who are easy prey, i.e. have been traumatized before, or have no social network, and so on. [[/note]]

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* TruthInTelevision: If you are not a criminal, and usually stay out of conflict, the person most likely to murder you is your spouse. It's the same for rape, with the majority of offenses being date rape. It's not so much the fact that strangers are nicer people, that would be InsaneTrollLogic, but due to psychological phenomenons, you could actually be safer around a random stranger than someone you are attracted to, or who approached you. [[note]] People who were victimized as children may subconsciously come to think of the red flags as signs of masculinity and thus be attracted to violent men. The other way round, psychopaths are known to be good at spotting people who are easy prey, i.e. have been traumatized before, or have no social network, and so on. [[/note]]
[[/note]] Many a parent will agree that they have no problem with their child talking to complete strangers, like the lady behind the library counter or such, but would be very wary of someone who approaches the kid on the way home from school and introduces himself properly.
24th Feb '15 10:24:06 AM Gowan
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* TruthInTelevision: If you are not a criminal, and usually stay out of conflict, the person most likely to murder you is your spouse. It's the same for rape, with the majority of offenses being date rape. It's not so much the fact that strangers are nicer people, that would be InsaneTrollLogic, but due to psychological phenomenons, you could actually be safer around a random stranger than someone you are attracted to, or who approached you.

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* TruthInTelevision: If you are not a criminal, and usually stay out of conflict, the person most likely to murder you is your spouse. It's the same for rape, with the majority of offenses being date rape. It's not so much the fact that strangers are nicer people, that would be InsaneTrollLogic, but due to psychological phenomenons, you could actually be safer around a random stranger than someone you are attracted to, or who approached you. \n [[note]] People who were victimized as children may subconsciously come to think of the red flags as signs of masculinity and thus be attracted to violent men. The other way round, psychopaths are known to be good at spotting people who are easy prey, i.e. have been traumatized before, or have no social network, and so on. [[/note]]
24th Feb '15 10:20:50 AM Gowan
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** Also depends on country. There are countries where it is more common, and thus safe, and countries where it's less so.
* TruthInTelevision: If you are not a criminal, and usually stay out of conflict, the person most likely to murder you is your spouse. It's the same for rape, with the majority of offenses being date rape. It's not so much the fact that strangers are nicer people, that would be InsaneTrollLogic, but due to psychological phenomenons, you could actually be safer around a random stranger than someone you are attracted to, or who approached you.
24th Nov '13 5:46:01 PM JIKTV
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* In ''MobyDick'', Ishmael isn't put off by having to share a bed with a complete stranger, until he discovers the stranger in question is a WildSamoan. Note that that ''was'' how inns and guest houses worked back then. A bed to yourself was very, very expensive. It only gets ''truly'' [[HomoeroticSubtext homoerotic]] when they start spooning and Queequeg insists on grasping his harpoon all night.
* Ayla and Jondolar from the ''EarthsChildren'' series are constantly meeting new people, who are (almost) always helpful and friendly.

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* In ''MobyDick'', ''Literature/MobyDick'', Ishmael isn't put off by having to share a bed with a complete stranger, until he discovers the stranger in question is a WildSamoan. Note that that ''was'' how inns and guest houses worked back then. A bed to yourself was very, very expensive. It only gets ''truly'' [[HomoeroticSubtext homoerotic]] when they start spooning and Queequeg insists on grasping his harpoon all night.
* Ayla and Jondolar from the ''EarthsChildren'' ''Literature/EarthsChildren'' series are constantly meeting new people, who are (almost) always helpful and friendly.



* Explicitly averted with the WheelOfTime. The merits and shortfalls of playing one's hand close to the chest are closely examined, but there are a lot of bad people in their world.

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* Explicitly averted with the WheelOfTime.''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. The merits and shortfalls of playing one's hand close to the chest are closely examined, but there are a lot of bad people in their world.



* TheSimpsons MusicalEpisode "[[AStreetcarNamedDesire Oh, Streetcar]]" featured a song which had a message of "You can always depend on the kindness of strangers!" This is a parody of the same line's darkly ironic use in the original play.

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* TheSimpsons ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' MusicalEpisode "[[AStreetcarNamedDesire "[[Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire Oh, Streetcar]]" featured a song which had a message of "You can always depend on the kindness of strangers!" This is a parody of the same line's darkly ironic use in the original play.
11th Sep '13 12:20:27 PM EarlOfSandvich
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* Both ''PokemonMysteryDungeon'' games start in this manner. The first game is particularly jarring, as you, a complete stranger, are tasked to rescue a baby Caterpie.

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* Both ''PokemonMysteryDungeon'' ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' games start in this manner. The first game is particularly jarring, as you, a complete stranger, are tasked to rescue a baby Caterpie.
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