Created By: Xzenu on August 18, 2011 Last Edited By: Xzenu on August 22, 2011
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Rule Of Creepy

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Some tropes are often used for the purpose of making a character unlikable by making him (or her) come across as creepy. Many other tropes can also be shoehorned in for the job. Often, a plot element exist solely for the purpose of putting a giant red flag on a certain character: "Hey! This guy is creepy". Never mind whether or not the situation is psychologically, socially or even physically realistic. As long as it fills it's function of highlighting the guy as creepy, disbelief will be willingly suspended - or at least that's how it's intended. Parts of the audience may react differently.

While usually used against a single male character, it can also be used against female characters and against groups of people. Including entire races.

Contrast Rule of Cool and all the others.

Some tropes that work well for this purpose (when played in a creepy way) are:

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  • August 18, 2011
    Xzenu
    The current redlinks are in the works at YKTTW.
  • August 18, 2011
    MinotaurWarrior
    I think this should be broadened to, "tropes that are often used for the purpose of making a character come across as creepy." Not all creepy characters are unlikable, though most are.
  • August 18, 2011
    Meeble
    This Index Is Full Of Perverts would be a sub-index of this.
  • August 18, 2011
    jaytee
    I don't understand. What the "rule"?
  • August 18, 2011
    Koveras
    ^ "If it's creepy enough, disbelief will be willingly suspended regardless of realism."
  • August 18, 2011
    Tetraploid
    We already have a Rule of Scary, although we can have both, as that is more intended for High Octane Nightmare Fuel and Body Horror
  • August 18, 2011
    jaytee
    ^^Well, that makes sense by analogy with Rule Of Cool, etc, but that's not what the description says at all. Really, all it says right now is "Sometimes authors use creepy tropes to make characters creepy."

    Also, some of the tropes listed seem really off the wall. Boomerang Bigot? Activist Fundamentalist Antics? Flat What.
  • August 18, 2011
    Xzenu
    This trope is primarily meant for discussing how and why regular tropes are being played. It's intended to be in line with the "Rule Of X" tropes you have mentioned.

    @jaytee: I was thinking of Uncle Ruckus in The Boondocks, but maybe he's somewhat unique. I dunno. But I don't think so. :-)

    Oh, and I should definitely add the part Koveas mentioned, to bring it more in line with the others.
  • August 18, 2011
    Xzenu
    Oh, and if you understand Swedish, I highly recommend "Bögarnas Fel". That one has gone totally viral here, it has even been on the news several times. It's pretty much Activist Fundamentalist Antics played for Rule Of Creepy, with the Rule Of Creepy Played For Laughs...

    Yay! Found a version with subtitles. Sure, it's a live version. And a lot of the nuance of the text is lost in translation. But still. Also less vreepy than the studio version, which made use of the Pedophile Priest trope as well... oh yeah, that one should go on the list!
  • August 19, 2011
    MoG2
    "creepy"? That word is overused nowadays. (You are aware this is because of people like you?) Some people simply act hypersensitive.
  • August 20, 2011
    Xzenu
    I am indeed aware of the fact that people like you feel that way. As usual, your post does not surprise or interest me in any way. Have a nice day.
  • August 20, 2011
    TwoGunAngel
  • August 22, 2011
    Xzenu
    Thanks!

    Launching.
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