Created By: theRyanator on February 24, 2013 Last Edited By: theRyanator on February 25, 2013
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The Logical Guy is Wrong

The guy who advocates making the necessary sacrifice for the greater good is wrong.

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The logical guy sees that everyone can't be saved. There isn't enough food so everyone will starve before more supply can arrive if sacrifices aren't made. The good guys are lost at sea and have to choose between saving the captain (and only one person who can steer the ship) or a child. Whatever, the situation the logical guy will advocate the cold hearted solution that is really the only viable choice that makes sense given what the characters know.

The rest of the good guys will say how it's bad and wrong and suggest something nobler that benefits everyone but is incredibly unlikely to work. Which will then nevertheless work against all reason, thus "proving" that the logical guy should think with his feelings more.
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  • February 24, 2013
    zarpaulus
    Try putting less Flame Bait in the title, like "Utilitarianism Is Wrong''.
  • February 24, 2013
    KTera
    We have Totalitarian Utilitarian for villainous utilitarians.
  • February 24, 2013
    ArkadyDarell
    I always saw this as a hero trope, that trend where you'll have one hero who's pragmatic and logical and suggests solutions that aren't lily white and cause some harm but have the best chance of overall success... and the rest of the good guys will say how it's bad and wrong and suggest something more pure that benefits everyone but is incredibly unlikely to work. Which will then nevertheless work against all reason, thus "proving" that the logical hero should think with his feelings more.

    Like, "The Logical Guy is Always Wrong" or something.
  • February 24, 2013
    theRyanator
    Thanks, Arkady Darell. That is how the situation happens more often. I've updated the trope to match your suggestion, using some of your words. I hope you don't mind.
  • February 24, 2013
    Earnest
    See also Death By Pragmatism, which is the Horror genre's tendency to kill off or sideline anyone with sensible solutions to a problem.
  • February 24, 2013
    Noaqiyeum
    This is basically Straw Vulcan.
  • February 24, 2013
    Random888
    Either that or Agent Scully. The point is, I think we have this covered.
  • February 25, 2013
    Arivne
    Compare Million To One Chance, which is another reason why an unlikely plan will succeed.

    If the sacrifice involves one of the team making a last stand so the others can escape, the justification for refusal may be No One Left Behind.
  • February 25, 2013
    Frank75
    Yeah, what is this about? About cases where there really is a better solution that works (not just for dumb luck), so the logical guy isn't really right? If not, what is the solution of the good guys?
  • February 25, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Yeah, this sounds like The Spock. See Emotions Vs Stoicism and The Unfettered
  • February 25, 2013
    ungodlySupreme
    You should probably add in The Odd Man Hypothesis, which is a situation seen in the book, The Andromeda Strain. A single, male, scientist, is the most likely out of any other grouping to make the most logical, and correct response in life-or-death situations.

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