Created By: Xzenu on April 11, 2011 Last Edited By: Xzenu on February 4, 2012

Hating Unbigoted Goodness

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Being kind, fun and helpful is not always seen as a good thing.

Lets say that Alice is either of those things to Charlie. This really pisses Bob off, because he hates a category of people that he consider Charlie to be a representative of.

This can be a collective form of It's All About Me, as in "It's all about the people from my village/race/whatever. In such cases, this trope sometimes go hand in hand with Category Traitor. It can also be a form of guilt by association: If you are nice to someone like that, you're probably secretly one of them yourself.

This trope is about hating people because of their goodness. For being frustrated with the goodness of people you hate anyway, see instead Benevolence Nightmare.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • In the first Fullmetal Alchemist anime Winry's parents were executed during the war with Ishval for providing medical aid to Amestrians and Ishvalans alike. Arguably justified, since they were apparently treating hostile combatants rather than just civilians and PO Ws.

Comic Books

Literature
  • In The Bible, Jesus gets criticized a lot for healing "bad people", or for treating them with general kindness. Of course, different critics had different ideas about what categories of people Jesus ought to consider "bad" and stay away from.
  • In C.S. Lewis' The Great Divorce, one character's motive for rejecting Heaven was because God was willing to forgive and welcome a person the first character considered an unforgivable sinner.

Live-Action TV
  • This came up a few times on M*A*S*H, where Hawkeye would treat a North Korean or Chinese soldier before a US soldier on the grounds that the NK's wounds were worse, and someone would complain. In one instance Frank said that the order of treating wounded is US soldiers, then allies, then the enemy last. Another time a wounded soldier complained that Hawkeye took an enemy before his buddy and called him a Communist sympathiser. Yet another time he was brought up on charges because a colonel was put behind a wounded enemy.

Music
  • The Swedish poet Nils Ferlin once wrote a poem/song called När Skönheten Kom Till Byn ("When Beauty Came To The Village"), a very dark and depressive tale about a good person (or personification of goodness) who gets driven off because her light doesn't fit the darkness of prejudiced "wisdom" that dominated the village.

Real Life
  • Truth in Television, as many humanitarian organisations will report that either side in a conflict will regard treating the wounded on the other side as only treating the wounded on that side.
  • Truth in Television as a lot of religious organizations will witthold humanitarian aid to groups they do not approve of on religious basis.
Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • April 11, 2011
    Xzenu
    This trope is a spin-off from the proposed revision of Straw Traitor, splitting the examples between Category Traitor and Straw Affiliation.
  • April 11, 2011
    Xzenu
    Also, this trope really annoy me in real life. Both versions of it. I have been accused of both of them many times - that I should care only about "my own kind" (usually categories I don't identify with in the first place!), and that people mistake me for belonging to the same category as whatever person I show a minimum of kindness.

  • April 11, 2011
    Ekuran
    It's a good trope, but I still dislike the premise.
  • April 11, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    I think you are saying this trope is about people who hate when others do good things for other people regardless of whether those people themselves are good or bad? I think the description could be cleaned up a little, I mostly got what you meant from your first example.
  • April 12, 2011
    Xzenu
    The description will be cleaned up, it's just a working draft now.

    • "I think you are saying this trope is about people who hate when others do good things for other people..."
      • Exactly, but...
    • "...regardless of whether those people themselves are good or bad?"
      • Alice is doing something good for Charlie, and Bob hate it. Bob may be good or bad on the whole, and so may Charlie. But for one reason or another, Bob believe that Charlie is a kind of person who is unworthy of Alice's kindness.
  • April 12, 2011
    Xzenu
    Maybe the Gospels in The Bible have a good page quote somewhere?

  • April 14, 2011
    SKJAM
    In C.S. Lewis' The Great Divorce, one character's motive for rejecting Heaven was because God was willing to forgive and welcome a person the first character considered an unforgivable sinner.
  • June 16, 2011
    Hadashi
    I know a guy like that.
  • June 16, 2011
    Topazan
    • In the first Full Metal Alchemist anime Winry's parents were executed during the war with Ishval for providing medical aid to Amestrians and Ishvalans alike. Arguably justified, since they were apparently treating hostile combatants rather than just civilians and PO Ws.
  • June 17, 2011
    Bisected8
    • Truth In Television, as many humanitarian organisations will report that either side in a conflict will regard treating the wounded on the other side as only treating the wounded on that side.
  • June 18, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Truth In Television as a lot of religious organizations will witthold humanitarian aid to groups they do not approve of on religious bases.
  • August 22, 2011
    Tifforo
    There is another variation in which a character has a good side and a bad side and someone hates their good side.

    In Code Geass, Suzaku is about to do something awful to Kallen that horrifies her. Then, he changes his mind. He stands there and lets her beat him up for it. He promises not to get her punished for beating him up and says that she was justified in doing so. She says that his apology and politeness and attempt to act like he's good after what he just almost did anger her.

    In Tenchi In Tokyo, one of Yugi's minions tells Ryoko that he likes her better when she's a pirate than when she's a houseguest. As it turns out, it's a subversion, since he hates every aspect of her and was only saying that because it was in his interest for her to be a pirate.
  • September 10, 2011
    Xzenu
    Those examples are something else. Started Benevolence Nightmare for them. :-)
  • September 10, 2011
    randomsurfer
    @Bisected8: that came up a few times on MASH, where Hawkeye would treat a North Korean or Chinese soldier before a US soldier on the grounds that the NK/C's wounds were worse, and someone would complain. In one instance Frank said that the order of treating wounded is US soldiers, then allies, then the enemy last. Another time a wounded soldier complained that Hawkeye took an enemy before his buddy and called him a Communist sympathiser. Yet another time he was brought up on charges because a colonel was put behind a wounded enemy.
  • November 7, 2011
    Frank75
    Isn't this the same as Benevolence Nightmare? Your tropes seem to have a lot of overlap. That's... odd.
  • November 7, 2011
    fulltimeD
    I think the description needs work. It really confused me. Fortunately the examples made this much clearer and I understood what you were trying to convey. Great trope, just think the description could be embellished.
  • February 4, 2012
    Xzenu
    I'll try to figure out a good revamp.

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