Created By: Elementis on July 16, 2014 Last Edited By: Elementis on July 18, 2014
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Obstructionist Pacifist

When pacifism prevents progress

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Magistrate: "It is the treasury supplies the expenses of the War."
Lysistrata: "That's our first principle no War!

When a character or group is too utterly swept up in their own need of being a pacifist or making sure that everyone/anyone else is pacifist, to the point where it slightly or completely prevents the hero/party/group in progressing to their goal or weighs them down immensely.

Sub-Trope of Honor Before Reason

Compare Suicidal Pacifism and We Have Become Complacent

Similar to Thou Shalt Not Kill

May lead to Too Dumb to Live

Examples

Anime and Manga

  • Despite being the Sin of Wrath, Meliodas from Nanatsu No Taizai is a Technical Pacifist who chooses to be Willfully Weak and not kill his opponents. While this mindset works out early on in the manga as he and his fellow Sins are vastly more powerful than their opponents, it becomes a deterrent when they encounter the Armored Giant. Not only is this demon so strong that only using their full strength and killing it is the only way to stop it, but killing it is also the only merciful thing to relieve its suffering. Meliodas initially doesn't want to go this route and even hinders comrades of his that want to. It's only when the gravity of the whole matter is apparent to him that he decides to actually stop holding back.

Film

  • The The Sword of Truth has the beliefs of the culture that produced evil pacifists that are absurd to the point where they won't fight back or even try to get out of the way when people with weapons are nearby and trying to kill each other. Indeed,they are Too Dumb to Live.

Literature

  • In Deathworld 2, Mikah Samon is a "pacifist" who opposes Jason's plan to foment revolution (and later a war of consolidation) on the planet they've crashed on, even though in the existing political system most people are slaves and all the factions are too busy keeping a tight grip on their own technological monopolies for anyone to actually make any progress. His "principled resistance" led him to betray Jason twice (once to the gang he was undermining and again later to his chosen victors' enemies), the second time causing Jason to take a wound he wouldn't have survived if rescuers from his homeworld hadn't found them.

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Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • July 16, 2014
    TheHandle
    Like the evil pacifists in The Sword Of Truth?
  • July 16, 2014
    bitemytail
  • July 16, 2014
    Elementis
    Exactly like the evil pacifists in the The Sword Of Truth.
  • July 16, 2014
    DAN004
  • July 16, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    A famous example is Edith Keeler from the Star Trek The Original Series episode "The City on the Edge of Forever". A time-traveling Dr. McCoy saves her, and because she lives, she leads a pacifist movement that prevents crucial war research during WWII, causing the Nazis to win the war. Kirk has to let her die to reset the timeline.
  • July 17, 2014
    marcoasalazarm
    An episode of Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda involves Dylan and his crew trying to save a pacifist colony from Space Pirates. When one of the pacifists deliberately blows up the crate of Smart Lances that the crew brought along (and he justifies it as better off dying than allowing the colony to be "tainted" with violence), Dylan has to do a Training The Peaceful Villagers montage and play guerrilla.
  • July 17, 2014
    DAN004
    May lead to Too Dumb To Live.
  • July 17, 2014
    dalek955
    • In Deathworld 2, Mikah Samon is a "pacifist" who opposes Jason's plan to foment revolution (and later a war of consolidation) on the planet they've crashed on, even though in the existing political system most people are slaves and all the factions are too busy keeping a tight grip on their own technological monopolies for anyone to actually make any progress. His "principled resistance" led him to betray Jason twice (once to the gang he was undermining and again later to his chosen victors' enemies), the second time causing Jason to take a wound he wouldn't have survived if rescuers from his homeworld hadn't found them.
  • July 17, 2014
    eowynjedi
    Also a subversion from TOS:
    • The Organians look like this for most of "Errand of Mercy". Spock describes the planet as a stagnant culture on and the planet seems to be populated by amiable old men who placidly allow the Klingons to conquer them, rebuking Kirk and Spock's efforts to inspire a resistance because they abhor violence so much they'd rather allow arbitrary executions than fight back. It's only at the end that we learn the Organians have simply pretended to be harmless (and executed, and humanoid) to make their visitors feel at ease. When tensions come to a head, they revert to their luminous true forms and make both sides sit in the corner.
  • July 17, 2014
    Elfkaiser
    Anime and Manga

    • Despite being the Sin of Wrath, Meliodas from Nanatsu No Taizai is a Technical Pacifist who chooses to be Willfully Weak and not kill his opponents. While this mindset works out early on in the manga as he and his fellow Sins are vastly more powerful than their opponents, it becomes a deterrent when they encounter the Armored Giant. Not only is this demon so strong that only using their full strength and killing it is the only way to stop it, but killing it is also the only merciful thing to relieve its suffering. Meliodas initially doesn't want to go this route and even hinders comrades of his that want to. It's only when the gravity of the whole matter is apparent to him that he decides to actually stop holding back.

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