History YMMV / Worm

2nd Aug '17 11:05:37 AM Zaptech
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** Criminal defendants in the US, even those with public defenders, are allowed to request a different attorney if they feel the one they have is not operating in their best interest. Ignoring electronic communication from a client is not only a breach of contract, but evidence of incompetence or willful negligence; and if this incompetence resulted in a nonviolent first offender appearing in court restrained in a way that would preemptively bias the jury against her, the defendant could petition the judge to declare a mistrial. The defendant would then be retried with a competent attorney and a new jury.
2nd Aug '17 3:00:51 AM Zaptech
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** The strong anti-bullying message, and critique of the infamously lax response of public schools to said bullying, are undermined by the sheer number of inaccuracies regarding the school's response to what Taylor goes through. As noted above, the more serious incidents would likely have gotten her tormentors expelled, and it would have been incredibly easy for Taylor to transfer to another school.
1st Aug '17 8:58:26 PM Zaptech
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1st Aug '17 8:01:28 PM Zaptech
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* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: Go into a Worm thread on a forum somewhere and see how long you can go before someone casually spoils any of the major twists, like [[spoiler:Behemoth's destruction leading to the emergence of three more Endbringers]], [[spoiler:Dr. Manton being responsible for the Siberian]] or [[spoiler:Scion being the final villain]]. Go on. We'll wait.
1st Aug '17 8:00:51 PM Zaptech
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* InvincibleHero: The Undersiders almost always come out on top of every challenge without any major loses and often in a stronger position than anyone else. Often making the people they are fighting against seem weak and non-threatening by comparison.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: The Number Man]]. All of the other Cauldron Capes ultimately suffer some kind of comeuppance for all the reprehensible things they've done. He never gets so much as a HeelRealization despite the fact that he's arguably the worst of the lot.
** He did have a ''kind'' of HeelRealization, but it consisted of [[spoiler:leaving the Slaughterhouse Nine and identity of Harbinger]] to join Cauldron.
* [[KickTheSonOfABitch Kick The Bitch]]: The cold, systematic way Shadow Stalker is forced to watch as her life is destroyed is utterly horrifying - but she's such a vicious, bullying sociopath most readers agreed she had it coming.



** Taylor's dad being circumspect when asking if she has her pepper spray. So far as defensive weapons go, pepper spray is typically considered at the low end of the spectrum, so his treating it like a big deal sounds rather silly.
** FridgeLogic related to some of the pre-story Endbringer attack locations can cause this. Among other things, Behemoth attacked Lyon, France ''twice,'' having presumably enjoyed the first fight so much he wanted to do it again, and Leviathan attacked non-coastal cities on two separate occasions, giving the mental image of him wading through a river or waddling across dry land to his destination.
** Lisa saying a job will pull in "twenty thou" comes across as this to some American readers, who would more likely shorten "twenty thousand dollars" to "twenty grand" or perhaps "twenty K."



* RevengeFic: Given that Worm is host to a large number of characters that do terrible things and occasionally get off the hook without consequences, it's quite common for fanfic authors to take it upon themselves to invoke retribution upon them. It would probably be easier to list which characters ''don't'' get commonly bashed.
1st Aug '17 7:59:01 PM Zaptech
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* FailureHero: The heroes have zero on-screen wins and never seem able to make any headway in their goals. They also take some of the biggest losses over the course of the story. Add to this their seeming lack of personal improvement or tactics, especially while the Undersiders themselves gain several levels of badass, and they come off as losers.
1st Aug '17 7:57:46 PM Zaptech
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** Bitch. Decidedly the {{Jerkass|Woobie}} subclass: she's angry, hostile, anti-social, whatever you want to call it ... but only because she got screwed over by her power and she never had a real friend in her life.
*** To make matters worse, she's explicitly established as having a dog-like mindset. In RealLife, dogs who are abused become aggressive and more likely to attack without provocation; [[ViciousCycle so the fact that the other Undersiders routinely antagonize her and make it clear they don't want her around almost certainly contributes to her antisocial behavior, which makes the other Undersiders treat her worse, which makes her more aggressive and antisocial....]]

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** Bitch. Decidedly the {{Jerkass|Woobie}} subclass: she's angry, hostile, anti-social, whatever you want to call it ... but only because she got screwed over by her power and she never had a real friend in her life. \n*** To make matters worse, she's explicitly established as having a dog-like mindset. In RealLife, dogs who are abused become aggressive and more likely to attack without provocation; [[ViciousCycle so the fact that the other Undersiders routinely antagonize her and make it clear they don't want her around almost certainly contributes to her antisocial behavior, which makes the other Undersiders treat her worse, which makes her more aggressive and antisocial....]]
1st Aug '17 7:56:59 PM Zaptech
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** Many American schools have open enrollment policies, not "rules and regulations about the maximum travel times a student [is] allowed to have between home and a given school." So long as a student and their parents/guardians fill out the proper forms at both schools, they're usually able to transfer with very little hassle. Transportation to and from the school is the student's responsibility.
** If a student were bullied so severely she had to be admitted to the psychiatric ward and drugged to calm down, her bullies would at least be disciplined by the school; even if they didn't face criminal charges, they would be suspended or expelled. Sending a victim to the hospital is serious business in the US--especially when the incident that got the victim admitted created a health hazard on school property. Even if the school didn't care about the bullying, they would care about the health hazard.
** Most pepper spray canisters are about 1" in diameter and four to five inches tall. A canister of the same thickness as a pen wouldn't be able to build up the pressure necessary to spray its contents onto a target. Furthermore, while attaching a canister to your belt loop via chain seems like a good idea, it would actually impair your ability to use the spray effectively. As with any defensive weapon, pepper spray requires a full range of motion.
** With so many superpowered gangs running rampant, gun ownership in the US would likely increase, resulting in more armed civilians. However, in most of the fight scenes, guns are either nearly useless or not acknowledged.
** An American public high school student who is computer illiterate is practically unheard of. Although many low-income families do not have computers at home, their children have been using school computers since elementary school; so by the time they reach high school, they won't need to "[practice] typing without looking at the keyboard and [have] lessons in using search engines." Maybe they'll be a little slow at typing, but they'll definitely know how to use Google.



** Defendants in the US are also entitled to a trial by a jury of one's peers, which is commonly interpreted as a mandate that a jury include members reflective of the community's demographics, and multiple members of the defendant's demographic group. Meaning that a jury for the trial of a civilian parahuman would have to include a parahuman at the very least, preferably another civilian. Considering parahumans have existed in-universe for thirty years by the time Canary is tried, this should have been understood by the court during the jury selection process.
26th Jul '17 3:29:42 PM MotivateMe
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* HypeBacklash: Some of the readers coming in after the story's completion are scrutinizing it with a more critical eye than the readers there while it was in progress, and not all of them agree with how things pan out. The darkness of the CrapsackWorld is a common contention.

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* HypeBacklash: Some of the readers coming in after the story's completion are scrutinizing it with a more critical eye than the readers there while it was in progress, and not all of them agree with how things pan out. The darkness of the CrapsackWorld is a common contention. Others find Taylor's character unpalatable and the sheer number of injustices committed against her difficult to swallow.
11th Jul '17 4:43:41 PM RareGiftFiend
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** Lisa saying a job will pull in "twenty thou" comes across as this to some American readers, who would more likely shorten "twenty thousand dollars" to "twenty grand" or perhaps "twenty K."
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