Created By: TheHandle on June 30, 2014 Last Edited By: TomWalpertac2 on July 1, 2014

Screw You, Got Mine

They don\'t care about anyone outside of their loved ones/friends/tribe.

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The oldest form of morality there is, where "good" is "what is good for the tribe" and "bad" is "what is bad for the tribe", where people outside the tribe barely count as human (and sometimes are explicitly said not to be proper people). Eventually it came to be extended to a fiefdom, a kingdom, a nation; Nationalists look out for the interests of their Nation first and foremost, and will not hesitate to exploit or cheat other countries for that, since they don't really count. After the two World Wars, it's becoming more and more common to think of humanity as one large whole, and give more and more consideration to treating other nations and people fairly, extending the Golden Rule to them.

The people who live by this trope didn't get the memo. As long as their friends, family, lovers, etc. are kept safe and well, everyone else could go to freaking Hell for all they care.

Related to Poisonous Friend, Morality Chain, and Morality Pet, where the loved ones wouldn't like other people getting shafted for their sake. Moral Myopia is when the characters don't seem to realize how wrong this is (as opposed to knowing and not caring). Protagonist-Centered Morality is when the narrative has this attitude.


Video Game

  • This is endemic in Naughty Dog games, especially Uncharted and The Last of Us. The protagonists kill hundreds and hundreds of enemies, cause disasters in major scales, or even doom all of humanity, for the sake of their loved ones.

Community Feedback Replies: 8
  • June 30, 2014
    Isn't this Moral Myopia?
  • June 30, 2014
    Still Moral Myopia.
  • June 30, 2014
    It's not Moral Myopia if the character knows what they're doing is wrong, but goes through with it anyway.
  • June 30, 2014
    Its All About Me? Also sounds kind of like Someone Elses Problem.
  • June 30, 2014
    Kratos in God of War only seems to care about his slain mortal family and maybe the one or two friends he makes in the series. Other than that he is willing to kill anyone in his way and let thousands die in the crossfire of his battle with the gods.
  • June 30, 2014
    Laconic for Moral Myopia: "When we do bad things, it's justified. When you do bad things, it's an atrocity."

    The fact that they know what they do is an atrocity (and yet they justify it) means that this is covered.
  • June 30, 2014
    Yeah, The Handle's justification sounds an awful lot like The Same But More Specific.
  • July 1, 2014
    What if they say that when the enemy does things to them that is what they expect, but they expect the enemy not to betray their own tribe too? Jack Aubrey didn't blame Frenchmen for trying to kill him, but that didn't stop him from killing Frenchmen or trying to avoid being killed by Frenchmen.

    Or more like what if they regard the other tribe the way humans regard sharks? Humans and sharks have no problem eating each other merrily(though humans get the better of it)and humans don't really feel ill used when a shark eats a human. They just want to kill the shark and it's Nothing Personal.