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1st Nov '16 5:00:53 PM N1KF
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See DumbIsGood, YouFailLogicForever, GivingUpOnLogic, SimplemindedWisdom, [[DontThinkFeel Don't Think, Feel,]] and MeasuringTheMarigolds. Compare StrawHypocrite. The existence of this character means that the writer falls on the Romanticist side of RomanticismVersusEnlightenment.Contrast to EmotionsVsStoicism. {{Opposite trope|s}} to StrawmanEmotional.

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See DumbIsGood, YouFailLogicForever, GivingUpOnLogic, SimplemindedWisdom, [[DontThinkFeel Don't Think, Feel,]] DontThinkFeel, and MeasuringTheMarigolds. Compare StrawHypocrite. The existence of this character means that the writer falls on the Romanticist side of RomanticismVersusEnlightenment. Contrast to EmotionsVsStoicism. {{Opposite trope|s}} to StrawmanEmotional.



* The Incubators in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' regard human emotion as nothing more than an energy source, and often fail to understand why Madoka and the rest of the cast get sad or angry at how the Incubators are using mankind. The entire conflict is due to Incubators believing the energy release gained from a magical girl turning into a witch is far more valuable to a greater amount of people than one person's happiness, and go so far as to compare Incubators use of humans to how humans raise cows for milk and beef. They believe there's a fair trade in the wishes and technology the Incubators have provided humans for their actions, and refute any claims they've lied or tricked the rest of the characters, since the Incubators never directly lied and only omitted details about the contract the magical girls make.

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* The Incubators [[spoiler:The Incubators]] in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' regard human emotion as nothing more than an [[spoiler:an energy source, source]], and often fail to understand why Madoka and the rest of the cast get sad or angry at how the [[spoiler:the Incubators are using mankind. mankind]]. The entire conflict is due to Incubators [[spoiler:Incubators believing the energy release gained from a magical girl turning into a witch is far more valuable to a greater amount of people than one person's happiness, and go so far as to compare Incubators use of humans to how humans raise cows for milk and beef. They believe there's a fair trade in the wishes and technology the Incubators have provided humans for their actions, and refute any claims they've lied or tricked the rest of the characters, since the Incubators never directly lied and only omitted details about the contract the magical girls make.]]
16th Oct '16 1:39:39 AM AnotherDuck
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* ''VideoGame/TheTuringTest'': Tom firmly adheres to the view that impulses must be suppressed because they lead to wrong decisions.
-->'''Tom:''' You can always trust a machine to be logical. I will always do the right thing. \\
'''Ava:''' You will always do the logical thing.
23rd Sep '16 4:20:54 AM morenohijazo
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* ''VideoGame/TheTuringTest'': Tom firmly adheres to the view that impulses must be suppressed because they lead to wrong decisions.
-->'''Tom:''' You can always trust a machine to be logical. I will always do the right thing. \\
'''Ava:''' You will always do the logical thing.
14th Aug '16 9:57:07 AM nombretomado
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* DissidiaFinalFantasy: [[spoiler:Onion Knight]] gets this, spelled out in that story's ending narration: [[spoiler:"He thought that avoiding mistakes and making decisions based on logic - instead of emotion - was the only way to reach the truth. But the boy has learned ... that he can tap into immeasurable strength when he searches deep inside his heart."]]

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* DissidiaFinalFantasy: ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'': [[spoiler:Onion Knight]] gets this, spelled out in that story's ending narration: [[spoiler:"He thought that avoiding mistakes and making decisions based on logic - instead of emotion - was the only way to reach the truth. But the boy has learned ... that he can tap into immeasurable strength when he searches deep inside his heart."]]
8th Aug '16 12:17:47 AM shotoku
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* The Incubators in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' regard human emotion as nothing more than an energy source, and often fail to understand why Madoka and the rest of the cast get sad or angry at how the Incubators are using mankind. The entire conflict is due to Incubators believing the energy release gained from a magical girl turning into a witch is far more valuable to a greater amount of people than one person's happiness, and go so far as to compare Incubators use of humans to how humans raise cows for milk and beef. They believe there's a fair trade in the wishes and technology the Incubators have provided humans for their actions, and refute any claims they've lied or tricked the rest of the characters, since the Incubators never directly lied and only omitted details about the contract the magical girls make.
29th Jul '16 1:52:44 PM morenohijazo
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* ''ComicBook/TomStrong'': Averted by Quetzalcoatl-9, a supercomputer created by parallel-universe Aztecs. He states straight-up that he is trusting Tom because it's the logical thing to do; they're in a textbook Prisoner's Dilemma, and trust, on average, yields slightly better results.

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* ''ComicBook/TomStrong'': Averted by Quetzalcoatl-9, a supercomputer created by parallel-universe Aztecs. He states straight-up that he is trusting Tom because it's the logical thing to do; they're in a textbook Prisoner's Dilemma, PrisonersDilemma, and trust, on average, yields slightly better results.



* Played truly bizarrely in one route of ''Zero Escape VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', where Phi, in discussing the Prisoner's Dilemma and Ambidex Game, continually refers to "Betray" as the "logical" and "rational" decision... despite going in depth on how it's sub-optimal for both the group and the individual, meaning that it's ''illogical'' and ''irrational'' by real-world rather than Straw Vulcan definitions of logic, unless for some reason you were applying logic with the goal of "Make the least advantageous decision."

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* Played truly bizarrely in one route of ''Zero Escape VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', where Phi, in discussing the Prisoner's Dilemma PrisonersDilemma and Ambidex Game, continually refers to "Betray" as the "logical" and "rational" decision... despite going in depth on how it's sub-optimal for both the group and the individual, meaning that it's ''illogical'' and ''irrational'' by real-world rather than Straw Vulcan definitions of logic, unless for some reason you were applying logic with the goal of "Make the least advantageous decision."



* Morrigan from VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins has this role in your party. The most striking example being her objection to help out with the situation in Redcliffe, because it presents a huge delay in your quest to stop the Darkspawn, despite the fact that helping them would get the Grey Wardens some crucial allies for their fight against the Darkspawn. [[spoiler: It turns out later that she was deliberately conditioned to not want to help people while growing up, and her arguments are rationalizations.]]

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* Morrigan from VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has this role in your party. The most striking example being her objection to help out with the situation in Redcliffe, because it presents a huge delay in your quest to stop the Darkspawn, despite the fact that helping them would get the Grey Wardens some crucial allies for their fight against the Darkspawn. [[spoiler: It turns out later that she was deliberately conditioned to not want to help people while growing up, and her arguments are rationalizations.]]
20th Jul '16 9:42:03 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* Morrigan from VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins has this role in your party. The most striking example being her objection to help out with the situation in Redcliffe, because it presents a huge delay in your quest to stop the Darkspawn, despite the fact that helping them would get the Grey Wardens some crucial allies for their fight against the Darkspawn.

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* Morrigan from VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins has this role in your party. The most striking example being her objection to help out with the situation in Redcliffe, because it presents a huge delay in your quest to stop the Darkspawn, despite the fact that helping them would get the Grey Wardens some crucial allies for their fight against the Darkspawn. [[spoiler: It turns out later that she was deliberately conditioned to not want to help people while growing up, and her arguments are rationalizations.]]
17th Jul '16 3:59:08 PM Discar
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** "The Ice Warriors" features a completely logical computer that the scientists are dependent on, that is completely useless once the OutsideContextVillain shows up as there is no perfect solution and it has not been programmed to anticipate this sort of thing. Everyone else in the setting is completely aware that the computer is useless, except for, unfortunately, [[PointyHairedBoss the person actually in charge]] who remains slavishly devoted to it.

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** "The Ice Warriors" features a completely logical computer that the scientists are dependent on, that is completely useless once the OutsideContextVillain OutsideContextProblem shows up as there is no perfect solution and it has not been programmed to anticipate this sort of thing. Everyone else in the setting is completely aware that the computer is useless, except for, unfortunately, [[PointyHairedBoss the person actually in charge]] who remains slavishly devoted to it.
1st Jul '16 9:26:27 PM samboy0000
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* Morrigan from VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins has this role in your party. The most striking example being her objection to help out with the situation in Redcliffe, because it presents a huge delay in your quest to stop the Darkspawn, despite the fact that helping them would get the Grey Wardens some crucial allies for their fight against the Darkspawn.
5th Jun '16 9:04:16 PM N.Harmonik
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* Sokka of WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender is often put in this position when the Gaang is trying to help people. However, it's subverted in "The Fortuneteller", where they have to convince the people that the [[spoiler:volcano will erupt]]. Although a lot of times Sokka will act on instinct and emotion. Oftentimes he is actually very practical and logical in the non-straw sense. Over the course of the series though, he grows out of it. By the time of ''Legend Of Korra,'' when Sokka is a judge, his response to [[spoiler: a crime-boss being accused of blood-bending without a full moon,]] is more or less, "Yes, it's supposed to be impossible, but I've seen a lot of weird, seemingly-impossible crap in my life, and a ''lot'' of victims have come forth, so let's discuss it."

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* Sokka of WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender is often put in this position when the Gaang is trying to help people. However, it's subverted in "The Fortuneteller", where they have to convince the people that the [[spoiler:volcano will erupt]]. Although a lot of times Sokka will act on instinct and emotion. Oftentimes emotion, oftentimes, he is actually very practical and logical in the non-straw sense. Over the course of the series though, he grows out of it. By the time of ''Legend Of Korra,'' when Sokka is a judge, his response to [[spoiler: a crime-boss being accused of blood-bending without a full moon,]] is more or less, "Yes, it's supposed to be impossible, but I've seen a lot of weird, seemingly-impossible crap in my life, and a ''lot'' of victims have come forth, so let's discuss it."
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