Created By: RedneckRockerMay 22, 2011 Last Edited By: RedneckRockerJune 6, 2011

Audience Addict

Accomplishments don't count unless there are witnesses

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"If a tree falls in a forest, and there's no-one there to hear it, is there a sound?"
- Whoever it was that said it originally

As the title suggests, this is a person who feels that even if you do something amazing, it doesn't count unless there are witnesses.

Who cares if you were the first person to climb Mount Everest without supplies, blindfolded with your arms tied behind your back? If you did so without anybody around, it doesn't count. Apparently, personally knowing that YOU made the climb doesn't really matter; to the Audience Addict, there MUST be at least one witness for it to be considered an accomplishment. (NOTE: This is just an example, folks; there can be other things that aren't as amazing that could be done).

Obviously, this trope needs examples. Rolling Updates will occur if possible.
Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • May 22, 2011
    captainbrass2
    Related to the famous question - "If a tree falls in a forest, and there's no-one there to hear it, is there a sound?" That could almost be a page quote, although I don't know who originally said it.
  • May 22, 2011
    Fanra
    To win the Metal of Honor in the US military, it is said that not only do you have to be really brave, but you have to have your act witnessed by enough, or the right, people.
  • May 23, 2011
    Lightblade
    In Bleach, one of the three ways to become a Captain in Soul Society is to defeat a Captain in a duel, with at least 200 witnesses. Kenpachi Zaraki became Captain of Squad 13 in this manner.
  • May 23, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Isn't this an Attention Whore?
  • May 24, 2011
    MorganWick
    What's the relationship with The Greatest Story Never Told?
  • May 24, 2011
    randomsurfer
    • The Simpsons: when Bart's Short Film "Angry Dad" gets nominated for a Golden Globe, we see a scene where Ricky Gervais gets a drink from the bar, then has a long discussion with the bartender who didn't see him when he put a $10 tip in the tip jar. Gervais doesn't want to appear cheap so he wants to make sure the bartender sees him do it. Then when the bartender turns away Gervais removes the $10 bill from the jar.

    Seen this tip jar version a time or two elsewhere too, I'll try to remember where.
  • May 24, 2011
    Bisected8
  • May 24, 2011
    AGroupie
    Most World Of Warcraft players will wait until at least one person from their guild is on (or they are in a party) to "ding" an achievement on purpose.
  • May 24, 2011
    undefined
    Psychonauts has Dingo Inflagrante, a matador who refuses to leave his house and fight a rampaging bull on the empty streets, because he wants to face it in public, on the arena instead. He demands that you first hang up an advertisement on the street for his upcoming fight, even though the bull is making it impossible...
  • May 25, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Modern Professional Wrestling is built on this. It used to be that the TV shows were just program length commercials for arena shows, but nowadays "if it doesn't happen on TV it didn't happen."
  • June 5, 2011
    TBeholder
    ^^^^^^^ Eh, no. Attention Whore is desperate and starves for any attention. Show-offs want the audience to see (and swoon over) specifically something they are proud of.
  • June 5, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    This is why The Doctor has companions at all.
    I'm being extremely clever up here and there's no one to stand around looking impressed! What's the point in having you all?
  • June 5, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
  • June 5, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    ^^^Eh, it's related though, I'd add it as a comparison if nothing else.
  • June 6, 2011
    AGroupie
    "Pics or it didn't happen" on the Internet. A variant is accusing people ( occasionally victims ) of lying or being delusional because someone didn't corroborate an event that happened between only them and one other person.
  • June 6, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    I'm thinking there is only a marginal difference between this and Attention Whore.

    I'd recommend dividing Attention Whore into two internal subtropes, Type A and Type B. The Type A attention whore is the one we already know, they just want to be noticed, no matter what for. Then the Type B, this trope, which is a character who want their accomplishments or feats of awesome to be recognized.

    • Merlin: With magic punishable by death, Merlin has to keep his gifts a secret, even though they've saved the prince's ass so many frikkin' times, he'd like a little credit.
  • June 6, 2011
    Tiiba
    A rabbi goes golfing on Saturday. An angel sees this and tells God, "My Lord, this man is going against Your will by engaging in sport on Sabbath!" And so God raises a wind, and the rabbi's golf ball goes straight into the furthest hole on the course.

    The angel is shocked. "I thought you're going to punish him, not give him this amazing achievement!"

    God smiles. "But whom will he tell?"
  • June 6, 2011
    Micah
    • Discussed in the Discworld novel Maskerade:
      People who didn't need people needed people around to know that they were the kind of people who didn't need people.
      It was like hermits. There was no point freezing your nadgers off on top of some mountain while communing with the Infinite unless you could rely on a lot of impressionable young women to come along occasionally and say "Gosh."
  • June 6, 2011
    jaytee
    This seems very much like Attention Whore. So far the only difference is that Attention Whore wants any attention, while Audience Addict wants attention for something they're proud of... which seems a lot like The Same But More Specific to me.

    That all said, I originally just came in to say Needs A Better Name. I thought this was about members of an audience being addicted to something. The title should be something more like Addicted To An Audience.

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