Created By: Andygal on July 25, 2012 Last Edited By: Xtifr on May 23, 2017
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Eco Terrorist

Saving the Earth with their guns and bombs.

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I was preparing an Eco-Terrorist trope when I stumbled across this. This is clearly up-for-grabs (hasn't been touched in years), so I'm grabbing it. —Xtifr

Indexes: Terrorism Tropes, The Only Righteous Index of Fanatics!, Criminals, Politics Tropes

A person who uses violence and terror to try to save the planet from ecological catastrophe, the Eco-Terrorist is generally a Well-Intentioned Extremist—with an emphasis on extreme—or a Knight Templar. The milder versions, being well-intentioned, may try to avoid harming people, and will confine themselves to actions like blowing up polluting factories in the middle of the night, and things like that. More extreme ones will have no hesitation to kill those they deem responsible—directly or indirectly—for harming the planet. And the most extreme of all will see humans as a blight on the planet, and think the only way forward is to eliminate the species.

Most Eco-terrorists will view themselves as a sort of human incarnation of Gaia's Revenge. In works with Grey and Gray Morality, they will often be fighting Toxic, Inc., who may even try to frame them with a False Flag Operation.

An eco-terrorist may be a lone wolf or part of a larger organization. (In real life, the former is more common.) Clandestine eco-terrorists may hide behind more legitimate environmental organizations—which, in some cases, can lead to unfortunate consequences for the more legitimate groups, if the connection is discovered.

Larger organizations may have a more international scope than most other flavors of terrorist—an eco-terrorist group might well have both Western and Far-East Asian Terrorists working side-by-side.

Very closely related to the Animal Wrongs Group, but with a much broader scope of interest, which includes not just animals, but also plants, habitats, and, well, the entire ecosystem. May overlap with Evil Luddite if they believe that technology is the biggest threat to the environment.

Examples:

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    Audio Play 
  • The Big Finish Doctor Who episode "Hothouse" has Alex Marlowe, a former rockstar who heads up an eco-terrorist group who are trying to create Human/Krynoid hybrids at a secret laboratory deep in the jungle, in the hopes that this will help the jungle fight back against humanity.

    Comic Book 
  • Some writers' versions of Poison Ivy paint her as an eco-terrorist who uses extreme violence trying to save plants from the evils of humanity.
  • In Kingdom Come, former hero Hawkman has essentially become a mild version of this, who has no hesitation about using violence against loggers and others who threaten his precious Pacific Northwest.
  • Anderson: Psi-Division has a storyline about an eco-terrorist who tries to unleash a form of Mutagenic Goo which makes plants attack people.
  • Batman villain Ra's Al-Ghul is an immortal dismayed at the human population boom and the way nature has suffered as a result. He plans to kill off most of humanity to forcibly restore the balance between humanity and the world.
  • Polish superhero parody comic book series Likwidator intentionally embraces this trope and takes it to its logical extreme. The storyline consists mostly of the main hero wandering around killing evil people who mistreat nature — eg. cut trees, work in environment-polluting factories, hunt, buy meat in the store, keep their dog on a leash... Most readers get gravely offended, which is probably the point.

    Fan Works 
  • In Shadowchasers Series continuity, Red Feather (back when she called herself White Feather) had only good intentions for the environment in mind. In fact, to this day, she is repulsed by groups who take it to far. But back then, she was naïve to the ways of humans, and too reluctant to use technology to research new members thoroughly. This resulted in two eco-terrorists joining her group by mistake, and a disaster that she had to take responsibility for. In the present day, having been released on parole, she renamed herself Red Feather (as the purity her old name represented had been tarnished) and joined the title organization to defend nature with a more hands-on approach.

    Light Novels 
  • L: change the WorLd features the most extreme version, with a group called Blue Ship who want to kill off most of humanity with a supervirus in order to save the environment.

    Literature 
  • The Oregon Files novel Skeleton Coast, the crew of the Oregon uncovers a plot to create a deliberate toxic spill in order to enlighten people about the damage such things can cause.
  • In Zodiac by Neal Stephenson, the protagonist, Sangamon Taylor, is accused of being this by his opponents. His willingness to resort to illegal methods to fight pollutors lends some weight to the accusation.
  • Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk, the boyfriend of the very odd realtor, Helen Hoover Boyle, turns out to be an eco-terrorist who ends up becoming the Token Evil Teammate.
  • Pictures at 11 by Norman Spinrad is about a group of international eco-terrorists who take over a Los Angeles television station with guns and bombs in order to get their message out.
  • Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy features the world threatening version of this trope: utilizing a Batman Gambit in setting off attacks to gain attention, then getting their own soldiers as security to unleash a virus to wipe out the human race, then spreading said virus masked as a vaccine after the initial outbreak.
  • State of Fear by Michael Crichton is about hippie eco-terrorists with an elaborate plan to flood the US in order to convince people that global warming is real.
  • Wet Desert: Tracking Down a Terrorist on the Colorado River is, as the title might suggest, about tracking down an eco-terrorist who wants to destroy a damn on the Colorado river to restore the habitat.
  • The Prince Roger series features these as the villains opposed to the Empire of Man. They're an interstellar empire of environmentalist extremists who are a Strawman Political nation for the authors.
  • The FROMATES (FRiends Of Man And The Earth) terrorist group in Oath of Fealty by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. They totally oppose the arcology Todos Santos and commit kidnapping, attempted arson, murder and attempted mass murder in their campaign to destroy it (and everyone living in it).
  • The group "Mother Earth" in Ben Elton's novel This Other Eden is an example. It turns out they are actually a sort of anti-PR wing for an oil giant.
  • The terrorist organisation Force Three in the Alex Rider novel Ark Angel. They turn out to be a subversion, as they're being bankrolled by Nikolei Drevin, and their environmentalist goals are just a Red Herring to stop anyone drawing a connection between the two.
  • The Green Storm in the Mortal Engines series, who toppled the considerably more peaceful Anti-Tractionist League and deploy Cyborgs and Suicide Attacks in their war to end the environmentally destructive policy of Municipal Darwinism. Their leader, Stalker Fang, eventually hatches a plot to fire a Kill Sat to trigger a chain of dormant volcanoes, hoping that humanity will die off but life itself will survive and return the planet to its natural state.
  • The antagonist in Saints at the River is Luke Miller, a pissed-off environmentalist that believes that building a temporary dam to recover the body of a drowned child (and thus alter the river flow) would set a precedent that would enable further damage to the environment. Maggie, the journalist who is the protagonist in the story, returns to her hometown to chronicle the dispute between the townsfolk who want to recover the body by building the dam and the environmentalists, led by Luke, who try to thwart the plan. Luke is depicted as a misanthropic Cloudcuckoolander who believes that nature, particularly the titular river, is the only thing in the world that's pure.
  • In John Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata, "Greens" conspire to sabotage the war effort and let most of humanity get killed by a Horde of Alien Locusts that eat anything organic on invaded planets, and then swarm to others once the biosphere collapses, fueled by a mixture of antipathy towards civilization and ignorance of Posleen behavior.
  • The novelized version of Tom Clancy's EndWar has a terrorist group led by a guy named Green Vox. They're an environmental group and during the Soviet invasion of Canada decide to blow up the oil fields with NUCLEAR WEAPONS... because oil is polluting the environment!
  • The CHERUB Series has the Help Earth! group which first appears in The Recruit where they plan to make an attack on a conference between several major oil executives. They return in Divine Madness where they destroy Natural Gas facilities for Church of Happyology The Survivors.
  • Alan Dean Foster's Humanx Commonwealth novel Flinx in Flux features as its primary antagonists a fanatical ecoterrorist group who believe in destroying all forms of "exploitation" of the natural order by humans. Their current target: a small genetic engineering firm working on the planet Longtunnel, which is renowned for the plasticity of its native lifeforms. Flinx gets involved when he accidentally rescues one of the company's researchers, the lovely and talented Clarity Held, who was kidnapped, interrogated, beaten, and left for dead on Alaspin. The group later mounts a full-scale armed assault on the Longtunnel facilities, and eventually tries to capture Flinx himself, once they learn what he is. In this final battle, they pull a Nice Job Fixing It, Villain! by accidentally breaking the mechanism keeping Flinx and Pip asleep.
  • In the Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers novel "Blown Away", the person behind the attempted bombing of the Billington Resort is a member of the terrorist group Ecology First, which resorts to extreme methods in order to preserve the environment.

    Live Action TV 
  • Elementary, episode "The Long Fuse", features an eco-terrorist named Edgar Knowles, who becomes a suspect in a bombing when his distinctive pattern of speech is matched to some threatening emails.
  • In Smallville, Aquaman first appears as an eco-terrorist trying to stop a sonic weapon created by Lex Luthor from going into production.
  • In Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell, Gary's co-worker Ted is revealed to have been a mail-bombing eco-terrorist back when he was alive.
  • A Spooks season 8 episode has a group of eco-terrorists who kidnap what they consider to be a group of Corrupt Corporate Executives for an on-line trial by Internet viewers, with lives on the line.
  • An episode of Criminal Minds had an arsonist who began murdering men involved with corporations accused of being heavy polluters, as well as their families. It turns out he was acting alone, and was nothing more than a sadistic psychopath (he used a suit that allowed him to watch his victims burn up close). His actions disgusted the local environmental group whose website he was using to find his "justifiable" victims, especially the leader, who kills him in an instance of Taking You with Me.
  • In Bull, at the start of the episode "Dirty Little Secret", a bombing takes place that was said to be done by eco terrorists. At the end, it's revealed that an international consortium is trying to frame them.

    Music 
  • The Rise Against song "The Eco-Terrorist in Me" is an homage to the concept, suggesting that "burning factories" is acceptable because businessmen are the "true criminals."

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Monsterpocalypse, the "Terrasaur" faction (Godzilla-like giant dinosaurs) are backed by an eco-terrorist group known as Green Fury. (A shout-out to Godzilla's origins as a warning of the dangers of nuclear testing.)
  • Shadowrun
    • In the backstory of the game, an eco-terrorist group, TerraFirst!, is used as an excuse to give big corporations more rights to hire and use mercenary troops.
    • 3rd Edition supplement Loose Alliances. There are a number of other ecoterrorist organizations in the Shadowrun universe.
      • The Green Cells are the European version of the TerraFirst! group. They are organized in a cell structure without a central command. They carry out hit-and-run physical attacks, magical sabotage and Matrix strikes on anti-environment targets.
      • GreenWar is an ultra-extreme group that carries out vicious attacks such as dumping acid in water supplies, bombing corporate offices, causing toxic oil spills and using biological warfare (weaponized diseases).
    • Some shamans (magic-users) are corrupted by toxic waste and pollution and become toxic shamans. Avengers will ruthlessly attack and destroy anything that harms the environment, while Poisoners annihilate anything that might even possibly hurt the natural world.
  • Man Last from Damnation Decade are militantly anti-human civilization. They want to push humanity off the top of the food chain and are planning to use an extraterrestrial virus to wipe out the majority of the human race once they vaccinate themselves against it.

    Video Games 
  • The Gaians in Freelancer fit this mold, staging murderous attacks on terraforming companies, polluting industries, their allies, and anyone else they deem an environmental threat. Even though terraformed planets were just lifeless iceballs before humans showed up, and most pollution is tossed into the nearest sun.
  • Empire Earth 2 has a mission where eco-terrorists are preventing a player-allied tribe from fishing, forcing you to keep sending them food until the terrorists are defeated. This is far easier said than done, as the terrorists also have access to battleships and submarines.
  • Final Fantasy VII: AVALANCHE believe that Shinra Corporation's Mako reactors are harvesting the very soul of the planet to generate electricity. Their solution: launch violent raids on reactor sites, slaughter Shinra's guards, and bomb the reactors.
  • The Cult of Planet in Sid Meier's Alien Crossfire is kind of like this, except they are defending an environment that is more than capable of defending itself, and believe in their cause so strongly they would gladly let humanity go extinct to preserve Planet. (They can convince Planet not to kill them by doing this, and in fact lend them aid in the form of slightly more docile—to them—wildlife.)
  • In Mega Man ZX Advent, Thetis is one of the villains, and his motivation for terrorizing the people (and feeding their souls to Model W Fragment) is that people have been ruining his beloved seas.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Superfriends episode "Dr. Pelagian's War", Dr. Pelagian is an eco-terrorist out to stop three polluting businessmen.
  • The Archer episode "Pipeline Fever" has Joshua "Gandolph" Gray, an eco-terrorist who wants to blow up oil pipelines in the Louisiana bayou. Archer and Lana are dispatched to stop him.
  • An episode of American Dad! had Hayley falling in with an environmentalist group whose leader insists that he's a "tree born in a man's body" and "wears" nothing but a potted plant. He also tries to blow up the new mall, but only succeeds in destroying Francine's muffin kiosk and Klaus' human body from the main plot. When he does this, Haley rejects him, shoving him over and breaking his pot, causing him to desperately heap dirt around his body while acting like he's suffocating.
  • The SWAT Kats pursue and shoot down an eco-terrorist named Morbulus, who likes to blow up refineries, even though that's where he'd get his jet fuel from. Morbulus escapes capture, only to cross paths with Doctor Viper, who transmutes him into a four-eyed blob monster.

Community Feedback Replies: 50
  • July 25, 2012
    surgoshan
    • The Prince Roger series features these as the villains opposed to the Empire of Man. They're an interstellar empire of environmentalist extremists who are a Strawman Political nation for the authors.
  • July 25, 2012
    Bisected8
    Is there anything to distinguish this from being Animal Wrongs Group But More So?
  • July 25, 2012
    HonestGent
    This is basically Well Intentioned Extremist. You almost say as much in the description. At best it seems to be an offshoot of Animal Wrongs Group.
  • July 25, 2012
    Stratadrake
    The word "eco terrorist" immediately springs to mind after seeing the title.
  • July 25, 2012
    ShadowHog
  • July 25, 2012
    dalek955
    • The Gaians in Freelancer fit this mold, staging murderous attacks on terraforming companies, polluting industries, their allies, and anyone else they deem an environmental threat. Even though terraformed planets were just lifeless iceballs before humans showed up, and most pollution is tossed into the nearest sun.
  • July 25, 2012
    SharleeD
    ^^^^^ Environmentalists tend to be most concerned with wild nature -- animals, plants, whole ecosystems, air & water quality, global conditions -- whereas animal-rights groups are typically more focused on captive animals' welfare. There's some overlap, but also a lot of incompatible views; an Animal Wrongs Group, for example, might advocate releasing livestock into the wild, whereas Environmental Extremists would strongly object to turning them loose in a habitat where they don't naturally belong.
  • July 25, 2012
    BrokenEye
    Evil Luddite, perhaps?
  • July 25, 2012
    Astaroth
    The terrorist organisation Force Three in Ark Angel. They turn out to be a subversion, as they're being bankrolled by Nikolei Drevin, and their environmentalist goals are just a Red Herring to stop anyone drawing a connection between the two.
  • July 25, 2012
    Bisected8
    @Broken Eye: Evil Luddite is someone who's anti-technology, not necessarily pro-nature.
  • July 25, 2012
    Andygal
    Added note about Evil Luddites.
  • July 25, 2012
    captainsandwich
    We have animal wrongs groups, but i think examples might cover all sorts of environmental extremists do to Trope Decay.
  • July 25, 2012
    fulltimeD
    Eco Terrorist is probably a better name for this, IMO

    @captainsandwich: This seems like a worthwhile split.
  • July 26, 2012
    Arivne
    Thirding Eco Terrorist.

    Literature
    • The FROMATES (FRiends Of Man And The Earth) terrorist group in Oath of Fealty. They totally oppose the arcology Todos Santos and commit kidnapping, attempted arson, murder and attempted mass murder in their campaign to destroy it (and everyone living in it).
  • July 26, 2012
    HonestGent
    I'd agree that it's a worthwhile split, but I think the description should move away from Well Intentioned Extremist, or at least reference the differences. Just my thoughts though.
  • July 26, 2012
    robinjohnson
    Probably worth a No Real Life Examples Please. Also, fourthing Eco Terrorist, as that's already a mainstream phrase.

    The group "Mother Earth" in Ben Elton's novel This Other Eden is an example. It turns out they are actually a sort of anti-PR wing for an oil giant.
  • May 14, 2017
    Xtifr
    I've just grabbed this, renamed it, and filled in the description and examples. It just so happens that I had everything I needed since I was about to bring this to TLP on my own... :)
  • May 14, 2017
    TyeDyeWildebeest
    Possible page quote:

    Protect the environment, or I'll fucking kill you!
    Captain Planet, Robot Chicken
  • May 14, 2017
    Xtifr
    ^ While I have nothing against F-bombs (or perhaps because I have nothing against F-bombs, and thus don't feel like the best judge), I'm hesitant to toss one up at the top of the page unless others really think it's the best option.

    Added the one example I missed from the earlier discussion. I think I've got 'em all now.

    Surprised that I didn't turn up any examples from Anime and Manga during my wiki-search. I wonder if this is something the Japanese just don't write about? Or do they use some other term?
  • May 14, 2017
    Getta
    There's a whole section of this in Gaias Vengeance called "Gaia's Avenger".

    Now the dreaded question: Move those examples here, or bomb this and keep them there?
  • May 14, 2017
    Xtifr
    Well, it's a little closer than the misuse of Animal Rights Group we've been seeing, but Gaias Vengeance is primarily a Speculative Fiction trope (even the "Avenger" variant), while this is not, so I'd say this stands on its own pretty well. *shrug*

    eta: to emphasize the Spec-Fic elements, note that the Gaia's Avenger section mentions things like Nature Spirit and Plant Person. I don't think it's intended to cover ordinary folks with guns & bombs.
  • May 14, 2017
    TheWanderer
    • The Villains of the Week in the fourth episode of Cowboy Bebop is a group of eco terrorists who are willing to open up on a restaurant with machine guns if someone there orders an endangered species, or to use a biological weapon against an inhabited world to force it to give in to their demands. When filling Spike in about the group, he notes that they used to be a legitimate environmental group, until a Knight Templar leader took over and drove out everyone who wasn't as fanatical as her.
    • Batman villain Ras Al Ghul is an immortal dismayed at the human population boom and the way nature has suffered as a result. He plans to kill of most of humanity to forcibly restore the balance between humanity and the world.
  • May 14, 2017
    Chabal2
    Empire Earth 2 has a mission where eco-terrorists are preventing a player-allied tribe from fishing, forcing you to keep sending them food until the terrorists are defeated. This is far easier said than done, as the terrorists also have access to battleships and submarines.
  • May 14, 2017
    Xtifr
    ^^ The Cowboy Bebop example is currently listed under Animal Wrongs Group. Is that just because this trope didn't exist, so they picked the nearest one? I don't want examples which properly go under that trope, but I do want ones that fit better here.

    (Speaking of which...I still have to go over the examples from that trope to see how many would fit better here. I already spotted a couple.)
  • May 14, 2017
    Arutema
    • Final Fantasy VII: AVALANCHE believe that Shinra Corporation's Mako reactors are harvesting the very soul of the planet to generate electricity. Their solution: launch violent raids on reactor sites, slaughter Shinra's guards, and bomb the reactors.
  • May 14, 2017
    Getta
    I mean, does "terrorist" automatically imply that they have to be gun-toting and bomb-throwing? Many guys in fiction spread terror with superpowers.
  • May 15, 2017
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Shadowrun
      • 3rd Edition supplement Loose Alliances. There are a number of other ecoterrorist organizations in the Shadowrun universe.
        • The Green Cells are the European version of the TerraFirst! group. They are organized in a cell structure without a central command. They carry out hit-and-run physical attacks, magical sabotage and Matrix strikes on anti-environment targets.
        • GreenWar is an ultra-extreme group that carries out vicious attacks such as dumping acid in water supplies, bombing corporate offices, causing toxic oil spills and using biological warfare (weaponized diseases).
      • Some shamans (magic-users) are corrupted by toxic waste and pollution and become toxic shamans. Avengers will ruthlessly attack and destroy anything that harms the environment, while Poisoners annihilate anything that might even possibly hurt the natural world.
  • May 15, 2017
    TheWanderer
    "The Cowboy Bebop example is currently listed under Animal Wrongs Group. Is that just because this trope didn't exist, so they picked the nearest one? I don't want examples which properly go under that trope, but I do want ones that fit better here."

    It might be better to leave it under Animal Wrongs Group on second thought... while the group does unquestionably act like terrorists, they're only shown having concern over animals, not the natural world as a whole. I'll leave it up to your best judgement.
  • May 15, 2017
    hszmv1
    I would say the difference between the Gaia's Avenger seems to have some tangential connection to nature (i.e. Plant Person or Beast Man) that gives them either a legit calling from Gaia OR a reasonable With Great Power Comes Great Insanity reasoning that this is the will of Mother Earth... Eco-Terrorists are more self-appointed (and more mundane) and can show up equally in a Speculative Work or a more realistic work (i.e. Poison Ivy in Batman often acts like an Eco-Terrorist, but there was a King Of The Hill episode that dealt with the arson of an Auto-dealership, which is a Real Life act of Eco-Terrorism).

    Related, Eco-Terrorism is generally thought of as not having hierarchy structures (that is, there is no Osama bin Laden of Eco-Terrorism, ordering cells to carry out acts.). They are generally organized into a few grassroots cells that favor a direct approach. It's not uncommon for an Eco-Terrorist organization to have cross-membership with an environmental organization that would in no way condone the use of violence in the name of Environmentalism. This can create all sorts of Unfortunate Implications if for such a group if such a connection is established as it can lead to confusion about said group's actual work and lead to accusations that such a group is in favor of eco-terrorism. I would say that is a good reason for a No Real Life Examples BUT this needs to have the qualification that it does occur in Real Life (Real Life tactics might be a good thing to note here, as it can help to further qualify a more realistic portrayal.).

    Often, The Hero will find him on the receiving end of this accusation, especially if the work is prone to Green Aesops. One of the common spoofs of Captain Planet puts Cap in the role of Eco-Terrorist (not that they weren't immune from this in the show, as I recalled that there was on episode where the Planeteers or Captain Planet was arrested... though it could have been for something else, my memory was that it was related to eco-terrorism when they happened to be by standards).
  • May 15, 2017
    Astaroth
    • The Green Storm in the Mortal Engines series, who toppled the considerably more peaceful Anti-Tractionist League and deploy Cyborgs and Suicide Attacks in their war to end the environmentally destructive policy of Municipal Darwinism. Their leader, Stalker Fang, eventually hatches a plot to fire a Kill Sat to trigger a chain of dormant volcanoes, hoping that humanity will die off but life itself will survive and return the planet to its natural state.

    I think one episode of Totally Spies has the Villain Of The Week be a climate scientist who tries to trigger a global ice age because he's spent his life studying the damage humans have caused to the planet and decided they're not worthy of living on it; does anyone have more info?
  • May 15, 2017
    Xtifr
    @Getta: the laconic is intended to show the typical case. The actual trope description says "violence and terror". So, no, it is not limited to guns and bombs. Tropes Are Flexible. I'll leave it up to you guys to decide if the laconic needs to be changed. My feeling is that it gets the idea across, which is the important part, but I'll bow to decisions of the Hive Mind.

    @hszmv1: great comments. I'll try to work some of that into the description, although I do want to keep it brief and on-point.
  • May 16, 2017
    TheWanderer
    Edited the main article to fix a typo.
  • May 17, 2017
    Xtifr
    ^ Thanks.

    Added examples from Animal Wrongs Group which are really this trope.

    I want to incorporate some of what hszmv1 said into the main descriptions, though I think a lot of it would fit better under Analysis/

    Also, still looking for a page quote—or more feedback on the one proposed above. As for image, I was thinking of the three-arrow recycling symbol in place of the skull in a skull-and-crossbones. (I can whip that up with cut-and-paste easily enough.) But if others have any suggestions which don't involve my rudimentary artistic skills, I'd be happy to hear them.
  • May 17, 2017
    hszmv1
    Did some further googling for you, and this is a more fun fact to highlight, that yes, this is Real thing. The Earth Liberation Front (E.L.F. and yes, they have Fun With Acronyms), is not only a Real Life Eco-Terrorist organization, according to the FBI, they are one of the worst Domestic Terrorism Organizations on their list (Although to date, no deaths resulting in their actions... the prefer economic destruction).
  • May 17, 2017
    Getta
    • In Mega Man ZX Advent, Thetis is one of the villains, and his motivation of terrorizing the people (and feeding their souls to Model W Fragment) is that people have been ruining his beloved seas.
  • May 17, 2017
    Xtifr
    ^ I presume you mean motivation for?
  • May 17, 2017
    Getta
    ^ yup
  • May 19, 2017
    Xtifr
    Ok, I think we're getting pretty close. I'm going to try to whip up a possible image this weekend. Still looking for better page-quote suggestions.
  • May 21, 2017
    Xtifr
    I tried making an image, but wasn't particularly impressed with the results, so I didn't bother to upload it.

    I'm going to leave this open for a couple more days for last minute suggestions, examples, page-quotes or reasonable image suggestions, but then I'm just going to launch as-is unless something substantial comes up.
  • May 21, 2017
    NightShade96
    • In the Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers novel "Blown Away", the person behind the attempted bombing of the Billington Resort is a member of the terrorist group Ecology First, which resorts to extreme methods in order to preserve the environment.
  • May 21, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Western Animation:
  • May 22, 2017
    Xtifr
    ^ Um, English please?
  • May 22, 2017
    Basara-kun
    ^I just almost copy-paste what it says here (The Rogues Gallery), but yeah, Dr. Viper is an eco-terrorist as well
  • May 22, 2017
    Xtifr
    Huh. That page may be overdue for some cleanup. In any case, I can't accept an example which isn't written in comprehensible English. If it were written in bad English, I could probably correct it, but I don't even know what that sentence is trying to say. "Want to sum Megakat City" makes no sense, and neither does "creating since...".

    edit: ok, I read the description and tropes for the character on that page, and it doesn't really seem to suggest eco-terrorist to me. And since I'm not familiar with the show, I'll need more to go on.
  • May 22, 2017
    Ominae
    In the episode "Dirty Little Secret" in Bull, a bombing takes place at the start of a building that was said to be done by eco terrorists.
  • May 22, 2017
    Xtifr
    Would I be correct to rephrase that as:
    • In Bull, at the start of the episode "Dirty Little Secret", a bombing takes place that was said to be done by eco terrorists.

    Otherwise, I'm puzzled by the concept of "the start of a building". :D
  • May 23, 2017
    Ominae
    Sorry. I type fast.

    I want to add this too since I watched the episode.
    • In Bull, at the start of the episode "Dirty Little Secret", a bombing takes place that was said to be done by eco terrorists. It's subverted at the end when an international consortium is trying to frame them.
  • May 23, 2017
    Xtifr
    Hmm. Are they eco terrorists who didn't plant bombs this time or are they falsely accused of being eco terrorists. It's only a subversion in the latter case. Actually blowing stuff up on camera is not a requirement of the trope.
  • May 23, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    If I may add to Tropers.Basara-kun's example:

    Western Animation
    • The Swat Kats pursue and shoot down an eco-terrorist named Morbulus, who likes to blow up refineries, even though that's where he'd get his jet fuel from. Morbulus escapes capture, only to cross paths with Doctor Viper, who transmutes him into a four-eyed blob monster.
  • May 23, 2017
    Xtifr
    Thanks. With that and Ominae's example (which I rephrased slightly to bystep my earlier issue), we're almost at 50 examples! I think this one's more-than ready to launch, so I'll probably do so later tonight.
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