Maybe for title instead: Safety Is Cowardace
, Safety Is Not Bad Ass
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 a crash. But some people don't get that. They believe that safety is for wimps, and believe that they are a Bad Ass
. They might actually throw away or take off the gear too. Reality Ensues
if he dies in an accident, or Safety Guy lives through one.
A common aesop
. Subtrope of Televisionis Trying To Kill You
. Fantasy Helmet Enforcement
is an inversion, where safety gear is always on. An unsafe workplace is No OSHA Compliance
. Armor Is Useless
maybe a good reason to not wear armor.
- 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.
- 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.
- In Watchmen Rorschach travels a fair distance in Antarctica wearing nothing but his usual trenchcoat, gloves and mask.
- Premium Rush has main character Wilee often brag about having a fixed-gear bike with no brakes.
- 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.
- Ork philosophy in Warhammer 40K, as accidents are far more amusing to watch.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.