Created By: TheLastWordSword on March 7, 2013 Last Edited By: TheLastWordSword on March 7, 2013
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The Audience is Mary Sue

The Audience has to be pampered as immature spoiled brats who will throw a temper-tantrum. Or worse!

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The writers are not stupid; they know what the audience (and its government) want to hear, and even more importantly, what they DON'T want to hear. What defines this trope is that it flatters the audience or demonizes its enemies by either being Very Loosely Based on a True Story, or Based on a Great Big Lie. Results are the Audience loves it, even after they find out it's not true, or even because it's not true, but still manages to insult some other group.

Just about every old war movie, cowboys and indians Westerns, etc. Surprisingly, still sells like snake oil.

Applies to any truth that will get the authors burnt at the stake rather than paid; forms the rotten core of the narrative, and strategically undermines Suspension of Disbelief, even if it works as a tactic See also: Awful Truth, Heel Realization, Broken Masquerade, Pandering to the Base

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  • March 7, 2013
    TheLastWordSword
    The "Olympus Has Fallen" website has a variation of this: They are not Evil Liars!!!, in that the British Embassy bombing, 2004, has been moved from the Middle East to Seoul, Korea.
  • March 7, 2013
    TheLastWordSword
    And the entire movie is a PR Betty Ford Clinic for the U.S. Secret Service. They Are NOT Evil Liars!!! who don't pay their hookers!!!
  • March 7, 2013
    ImaHugeMoron
    Is this really all about Mexico and the USA?
  • March 7, 2013
    TheLastWordSword
    No, it's about propaganda of any kind *with a profit motive*. No one has to pay the writers to write a particular way, but the writers would rather bathe in gold coins telling a flat-out lie than tell the truth and get slightly less moolah or baked to a golden brown by The Powers That Be.
  • March 7, 2013
    CobraPrime
    wtf does the title have to do with the description.
  • March 7, 2013
    TheLastWordSword
    Never tell your audience something it doesn't want to hear, especially if it's true, and especially if it says something truly nasty about the audience itself, ie you are a bunch of sex-slave patrons, or live next door to one.
  • March 7, 2013
    Larkmarn
    ... what? I really... what is this even about?
  • March 7, 2013
    Ryusui
    I don't understand this. Is this a trope, or you complaining about something you see in media?

    As an aside, Propaganda For Profit is actually a nice-sounding name for a trope...
  • March 7, 2013
    TheLastWordSword
    Okay, Propaganda for Profit does sound good. The reason this IS A TROPE!!! is that it entirely twists a plotline around itself, ESPECIALLY when it involves a "True Story" or "based on real events" or whatever else. The point is that the "real events" are UNREAL to the point of absurdity, either for financial or any other gain to be had, and not for the sake of the story or its quality. The story would be just as good the other way, but would tell the audience that they are real @$$holes or that their cherished Hero is an @$$hole.
  • March 7, 2013
    TheLastWordSword
  • March 7, 2013
    Bisected8
    I think this is just Anthropic Principle but not good.
  • March 7, 2013
    TheLastWordSword
    The Anthropic Principle is why the story exists, not why it has to kiss so much ass.
  • March 7, 2013
    Larkmarn
    So... is this just Politically Correct History but complaining?
  • March 7, 2013
    TheLastWordSword
    Are you complaining about my complaining? Constructive criticisms will be appreciated.

    "I'm glad I killed those gooks!" -- Larkmarn
  • March 7, 2013
    Tuckerscreator
    The description just makes me think of Viewers Are Morons, and Politically Correct History already covers the rest. Motion to discard.
  • March 7, 2013
    TheLastWordSword
    "I hate newbies, and these other idiot tropers give them too much credit! I have to burn the little newbs down all by myself!" -- Larkmarn

    Much better example. Pandering to the audience.
  • March 7, 2013
    Larkmarn
    ... well that was thoroughly uncalled for.

    ... and yes, YKTT Ws that are just complaining are a nono. But I wasn't even complaining... I'm just trying to figure out what this trope is about. And see if it's already covered by other tropes. Which is kind of the point of YKTTW.
  • March 7, 2013
    TheLastWordSword
    Why Larkmarn, how could you be so insulting to old and new contributors alike??? I am shocked, shocked I say, that people so intellectually gifted as the sea of shiny-faced tropers assembled here have put up with your nasty and awful behavior for so long! But then, they are the wisest and most patient beings on Earth, are they not? What a magnificent demonstration of this, putting up with the likes of YOU!!!
  • March 7, 2013
    Bisected8
    I think the core of this YKTTW is "Inaccuracy in order to sell the work to the audience". I think that would already be covered by Reality Is Unrealistic or The Coconut Effect.

    That said, I'm beginning to think we should call in a moderator....
  • March 7, 2013
    TheLastWordSword
    "Action, he wants, is it? Action he shall get!" -- Bugs Bunny

    I flatter myself even. My Mom used to make me wear boxing gloves.
  • March 7, 2013
    thewriter
    I'm not entirely sure what this trope is about due to an unclear description. And The Last Word Sword, please stop being so belligerent.
  • March 7, 2013
    TheLastWordSword
    You know, if you guys wouldn't fight me so hard right from the start, I might feel better about this process. Don't pander, but come up with some fair complaints. Ryusui at least gave it a chance.

    Note that TAIMS especially applies to something on its way out.
  • March 7, 2013
    thewriter
    ...Alright well I am still unsure what this trope is supposed to be about. Is this about the writers pandering or appealing to the audience somehow?
  • March 7, 2013
    bulmabriefs144
    Seriously, fix the title and/or description.
  • March 7, 2013
    MissKitten
    Fix the title and description so this trope doesn't get discarded. There's already 6 tags for it to be discarded.
  • March 7, 2013
    helterskelter
    I can see a trope here--the idea that writers will portray history as being cleaner and cooler for the sake of telling a story, but this is not a new trope. Other people have mentioned what tropes this covers. This seems to be mean-spirited complaining.

    The Last Word Sword, I'm no mod, but I'm telling you you're hurtling down a path of banhammers at the rate you're going.

    Seconding discarding the trope.
  • March 7, 2013
    dakinebrah
    We're fighting you from the start, because your trope is nonsensical, you're obnoxious and whining about politics and going on and on like some smug know-it-all who thinks You Bastard is the most amazing trope to be written, and that anyone who disagrees with you is an evil racist redneck warmonger. Tone it down.
  • March 7, 2013
    Bisected8
    The OP's been banned. I can't really see any reason to keep this trope. Thirding the motion to discard.
  • March 7, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Clearly not going anywhere. Motion To Discard Passed/Agreed To.
  • March 7, 2013
    dontcallmewave

    What is this I don't even
  • March 7, 2013
    tsstevens
    Why can't these people just try and be normal? Discard it with the fist of an angry god.
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