How to reconcile logic and emotions? Ever since humanity has become able to think and reason, we've wondered about that, hence tropes like The Spock
, The McCoy
, Straw Vulcan
, and Emotions vs. Stoicism
. This trope is the exact opposite of Straw Vulcan
, in that it makes a strawman of the more emotional character
. The tactics often used include:
- Making the more emotional character The Ditz, a Cloud Cuckoolander, or a Leeroy Jenkins.
- Making an incredibly cynical world, in which more emotional characters are Wide Eyed Idealists to be broken, and playing off very amoral behavior as only "correct" and "realistic."
- Conveniently forgetting that empathy is an emotion, too.
- Having every single emotional character be a blind believer in a corrupt system of authority.
- Having the emotional characters see absolutely no value in logic.
- In older, more Values Dissonance-prone works, sometimes emotionalism would be associated with weakness and femininity, whereas the "rational man" would be portrayed as the strong one. Probably a trope in and of its self, and fortunately a mostly Forgotten Trope nowadays.
- Painting intuition as always silly or wrong, ignoring the fact that intuition is simply the ability to pick up on subtle cues without realizing it, and that following your intuition can often be very logical.
This trope is different from Emotions vs. Stoicism
, in that Emotions vs. Stoicism
portrays logic and emotions as both having strengths and weaknesses, whereas this trope strawmans emotion much the same way Straw Vulcan
strawmans logic. This trope is less often played straight than Straw Vulcan
, because, well, straw manning emotion isn't very logical.
In fact, an author who plays this trope straight is likely to be a Straw Vulcan
Proposed alternate titles: Truthiness, Straw Doctor
. other suggestions welcome...