Created By: KaminoJune 8, 2011 Last Edited By: KaminoJune 11, 2011
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Emotion Suppression

When someone suppresses or erases their emotions with drugs, special training or other phlebotinum

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Human emotions can be quite an obstacle. Fear can make you unable to face the danger. Compassion can prevent you from shooting the dog even if it's necessary. Love can make you crazy, dumb or lead you straight to the Dark Side. Let alone it hurts. And then there are such things as anger or hatred. Anyway, emotions cloud your mind and impede logical thought.

So, what do you do with them? Well, you can find a way to relieve yourself of this burden. Via some sort of training or some Applied Phlebotinum you can completely remove your capacity to feel emotions. Results and consequences vary.

Or if you are an Evil Overlord or... uh... a caring and benevolent ruler, you may decide that your subjects must be turned into perfect beings via forcible Emotion Suppression.


Examples:

  • The Vulcan culture has it at its core
  • Sai from Naruto, being a member of a special ANBU branch, has undergone a training that removed his emotions. It also left him with No Social Skills.
  • Pokémon Diamond and Pearl: Cyrus, leader of the Team Galactic, is trying to create a universe with no emotions so that there would be no conflicts.
  • Equilibrium takes place in a society where everyone uses a drug called Prozium to suppress their emotions. Refusal to administer it is punishable by death.
  • We: people of the One State are calculating, emotionless and strive only to follow only logic. In the end a way is discovered to truly erase an individual's ability to feel emotions by irradiating a certain spot of the brain with X-Rays and everyone is irreversibly brainwashed.
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • June 8, 2011
    Octagon8
    "Dissociation" in Strata is a type of meditation with this effect.
  • June 8, 2011
    aschwartz07901
    This story hasnt been troped yet but in The chronicles of Grimm dragonblaster (book) the titular character has to repress his emotions using dangerous addictive drugs, in order confront a demon mage who draws magic from negative emotions, renedering him emotionless and logical
  • June 8, 2011
    Damr1990
    this is part of the basis of The Stoic and the Emotionless Girl, Ice Queen and The Quiet One characters, The Baroness ,The Deadpan Snarker(and Little Miss Snarker, The Broken Bird, the Kuudere and the Aloof Big Brother Also use this to a lesser extent(try to not show just certain emotions hiding the rest behind Sadism, sarcasm, Jerkass Facade and distantness respectively)
  • June 8, 2011
    Nocturna
    Raven from the Western Animation Teen Titans suppresses her emotions through meditation; in her case, this is a necessary because her superpowers run off her emotions, to the degree that any strong emotion could have literally explosive results.
  • June 8, 2011
    PaulA
    Related to Getting Smilies Painted On Your Soul.

    • In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick, there's a home consumer product called a "mood organ" which allows you to change your mood, and most people use it to be happy all the time.

  • June 8, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In an episode of Star Trek The Next Generation they rescue the only survivor from a ship disaster - a young boy. He emulates Data and claims to be an android with no emotions in order to supress his grief and guilt (he coincidentally did something just as the warp core breached, so he thought he was the one who set it off). Data finally convinces him that having negative feelings is worth it in order to be able to have positive feelings too.
  • June 9, 2011
    Arivne
    Literature

    Tabletop RPG
    • Call Of Cthulhu
      • Supplement The Asylum and Other Tales, adventure "The Asylum". One of the drugs Doctor Freygan has developed is called Mood Flattener. It temporarily suppresses all emotion in the recipient, whether positive or negative.
  • June 9, 2011
    Kamino
    randomsurfer, if I recall correctly, he didn't exactly suppress his emotions, he definitely didn't pull off anything Vulcan-level. That was just a child's play or escapism. Although I'm not sure what trope it fits.
  • June 9, 2011
    Micah
    • In Farscape, Crichton spends the first half of season 4 taking drugs which are intended to suppress his love for Aeryn. She's... not happy when she finds out.
  • June 10, 2011
    Kamino
    I've recalled one more.

    The Soviet film Teens In The Universe features a planet where robots driven by crapshoot AI decide to make all people "happy" by removing most of their emotions. People are forced to undergo this operation with a form of Mass Hypnosis. Did not end well: the entire race almost died out because of no desire to love and procreate.
  • June 10, 2011
    Earnest
  • June 10, 2011
    Kamino
    Well, there seem to be examples where emotions are suppressed only temporarily while "Erasure" implies something permanent.
  • June 10, 2011
    Damr1990
  • June 11, 2011
    pinkdalek
    In Metal Gear Solid 4, soldiers are using nanomachines as emotional suppressants to control them on the battlefield. When the network shuts down, all the suppressed emotions simultaneously attack the soldiers, causing violent and extreme physical illness.

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