Safety Gear Is Cowardly (change name?)
Use of safety gear is viewed negatively
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Don't Try This at Home and Do Not Do This Cool Thing. Our Lawyers Advised This Trope.

There are perfectly good reasons to have safety gear. They protect you and keep you from getting killed or severely injured in an accident or combat. But some people don't understand that. They believe that safety is for wimps, or believe that they are a Bad Ass without any safety gear. They might actually throw away or take off the gear if it's offered. Reality Ensues if he dies in an accident, or Safety Guy lives through one.

Usually used to send the message that safety(gear) is important. Subtrope of Televisionis Trying To Kill Us. Fantasy Helmet Enforcement is an inversion, where safety gear is always on. An unsafe workplace is No OSHA Compliance. A Karmic Death might result if the lack of safety causes someone's death.

Also see Helmets Are Hardly Heroic, Drives Like Crazy, Artistic License - Gun Safety.

Note: Armor does count, but the perception it doesn't protect at all falls under Armor Is Useless.

Examples:

Advertising
  • A series of real life public service announcements around Edmonton try to invert this stereotype by demonstrating what happens to a series of fictional characters as they take safety short cuts—namely, ignoring safety gear.

Anime
  • In Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, Sosuke comes to class in a hazmat suit and tells his classmates that they might have ebola. He's wrong. Between panicking, they ask him why he's the only one with protection, and he responds by taking it off.
  • Devil May Cry: The Animated Series: The leader of a biker club challenges Dante to a motorcycle race. When seeing that Dante has chosen not to wear a helmet (due to the fact that he has regenerative abilities), the biker decides that he will not wear any protective gear as well.

Comic Books
  • In Watchmen Rorschach travels a fair distance in Antarctica wearing nothing but his usual trenchcoat, gloves and mask.

Film
  • Premium Rush has main character Wilee often brag about having a fixed-gear bike with no brakes.

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • In the Red Dwarf episode Confidence and Paranoia, a physical manifestation of Lister's confidence tries to persuade him that he's so great, he doesn't need a suit to survive a spacewalk. After trying to remove Lister's suit, Confidence removes his own to prove the point, and promptly dies.
  • Adverted in Mythbusters. They take a lot of safety precautions while doing their thing, and repeatedly say to the audience Do Not Try This at Home.
  • In an episode of Breaking Bad, two criminals complain about the "nanny state", exemplified by how you can't smoke on airplanes and how children wear bicycle helmets.
  • Averted in Sons of Anarchy, where for the most part all the bikers wear helmets.

Tabletop Games
  • Ork philosophy in Warhammer 40K, as accidents are far more amusing to watch.

Video Game

Webcomic
  • Subverted in this Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. Steve jumps out of a plane without a parachute for the same reason he didn't bring his mommy to hold his hand: she had never loved him.

Western Animation
  • The Simpsons
    • One episode starts with the family all wearing seatbelts. The Rich Texan appears, not wearing a seatbelt, and calls the Simpsons cowards. Homer chases after him and swears revenge for the insult.
    • Another one where Bart rides on a skateboard as usual, but with helmet and pads. Cue the bullies beating him over his gear.

Real Life
  • People will often start off following all safety protocol and then after time, pay less and less heed to it. This comes from people relaxing because the dangers that the safety protocol prevents doesn't happen often. Then the disaster happens and people get hurt.
    • This is why "drills" are common in most industries. By running workers over and over again through the proper procedures they become instinctive actions, and the workers will (in theory) keep themselves safe without ever having to consciously think about the safety protocols.
  • Sometimes happens on construction jobs, where workers shun safety procedures such as always being tied off when working at unsafe heights. They may either think they're Badass enough that they don't need to take these measures, or think those measures slow them down too much or make their job harder.
  • Truckers may similarly shun regulations requiring eight hours rest after ten hours driving (as per U.S. transport regs), and protest that they can handle longer driving periods. Often what may really motivate this is either a tight schedule, or (for independent truckers) scheduling more runs than they could possibly do within the regs, for more money.
  • Also relates to the tendency for younger people to take more risks (driving recklessly, having unsafe sex, blindly experimenting with pills, etc.) because they think they're indestructible—not sure if there's a trope for that.
  • Japanese Naval pilots in World War II went into battle without parachutes or properly organized medevac.
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