Created By: sabbat on October 16, 2013

First One Offended Wins

The first person to be offended or hurt is the winner in an argument or fight

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If two people are debating or arguing, the first one to say something mean is the loser. Even ifwhat they said was correct, it doesn't matter. the audience may side with them, but the offended party is treated as the victor by the story and the other characters.
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  • October 16, 2013
    • Played to slapstick extremes in most Golden Age era cartoon shorts. Most stories follow a Karmic Trickster mentality, with an antagonist performing some injustice against the protagonist at the start, at which point they are free to enact their revenge, no matter what gratuitous level of Disproportionate Retribution it may be. The only times said protagonist loses is usually when they hold the Jerkass Ball and victimize someone first (Looney Tunes and Tom And Jerry are arguably the two prime examples of this routine).
  • October 16, 2013
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    • The Internet at large generally considers an ad hominem an automatic win for the attacked party. Star Destroyer Dot Net takes a more nuanced position: Calling your opponent an idiot is an ad hominem, but calling him an idiot and attacking his argument simultaneously is perfectly valid.
  • October 16, 2013
    A Gaunts Ghosts novel takes this to intentional class. Gaunt and a local officer debate during a formal dinner, each waiting for the other to voice an actual insult, as they are conversing under the pretense of a friendly discussion.
  • October 17, 2013
    Compare Godwins Law.