Passive Protest


(permanent link) added: 2011-04-18 14:38:25 sponsor: Xzenu (last reply: 2011-11-04 18:00:33)

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When the system sucks, it's not worth the effort or blood it would take to fight it. Instead of making enemies and getting yourself into trouble, simply chose to be lazy and pretend to be incompetent. Just masquerade as an Immature Hedonist or The Ditz.

In it's most overtly heroic form, Passive Protest is known as Civil Disobedience. In it's most overt and malicious form, it's instead known as Passive Aggressive Protest. Between these two extremes we have a sliding scale of passive protesting where the individual example is hard as well as unnecessary to pinpoint.

A character doing this against The Empire or the Big Bad might be a Minion with an F in Evil or a Punch Clock Villain. The behavior is likely to foreshadow a Heel-Face Turn.


Examples

Comic Books
  • In Dilbert, Wally used to be this before he got flanderized into actually being lazy and incompetent. The original Wally was a disgruntled smart employee who took his revenge at the company one coffee-break at the time.

Film
  • In Avatar, the scientists and the protagonist are becoming increasingly inefficient in their service to the evil Mega Corp. before they start rebelling openly.

Western Animation
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender , General Iroh is totally disillusionized with The Empire he once served faithfully. In the first season, he technically still serve it. He pretend to be The Hedonist, letting small insignificant pleasures in life take priority over pressing duties... but only when those duties are to The Empire and his nephew's evil quest, rather then to the world or to his nephew's actual needs.

Real Life
  • When done in the workplace, this is called Malicious Compliance.
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