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.
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