Analysis: The Worf Effect
The Worf Effect, Used For The Right Reasons, Is Not A Bad ThingWhile the result is weakening of the character, there are good, valid reasons for having The Worf Effect show up. Here are a few possibilities:
- If you allow the 'Worf' enough victories, he can be used as a good yardstick.
- If you're trying to make clear that physical force alone is insufficient. (See, for example, many early examples of the Trope Namer, or the opening of Star Trek The Motion Picture.)
- If Worf Had the Flu is built into the plot. (Many Superman fighting under the effects of Kryptonite/Red Sunlight stories qualify here, for example.)
- If the point is for the Worf to be a distraction. (Many a Crowning Moment of Awesome has been made by a character going into a fight expecting to die in order to allow time for others to accomplish some other objective.)
- If the 'Worf' is explicitly, in character, an idiot of some kind. (While it weakens the character, it at least usually doesn't directly contribute to Badass Decay, merely to his "What an idiot" rating.)