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->''"Oh, look outside the window, there's a woman being grabbed\\
They've dragged her to the bushes and now she's being stabbed\\
Maybe we should call the cops and try to stop the pain\\
But Monopoly is so much fun, I'd hate to blow the game"''
-->-- '''Music/PhilOchs''', "Outside of a Small Circle of Friends"

Citizens that are either ''reallllly'' pessimistic or really apathetic.

TheEmpire [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world]]? [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Giant meteor in the sky?]] Evil vampire slaughtering people? [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Clownish madman destroying the world?]] EldritchAbomination awakening? They don't care. It's [[BystanderSyndrome somebody else's problem]]. It doesn't even seem to faze them beyond the occasional "[[DullSurprise Wow, that's a big rock in the sky.]]" Sure, occasionally the mayor will ask you to save their town, but that's as much concern as they express. The shopkeepers might sell you the supplies you need to rescue them, but they'll charge full price, because there's NoHeroDiscount. ItsUpToYou.

They'll just shuffle around, minding their own business, WhileRomeBurns.

In a film where cities are destroyed, this trope runs as rampant as the disasters themselves. No matter how many warnings the populace has, no matter if there have been fissures opening in the streets for days or giant alien spaceships hovering overhead, there are always a huge number of people who are just there to [[OhCrap stare in disbelief]] right before being obliterated. Unfortunately, this has more than a little TruthInTelevision. The trope is justified here because seeing an [[ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding empty city]] trashed is not as emotional as [[AMillionIsAStatistic knowing millions are dying]].

Expect these to be one of the everyday inhabitants of a {{Dystopia}} or CrapsackWorld, to highlight the psychological despair of the setting. Justified in these kinds of settings, since the immutability of their misery have made them experience the in-universe equivalent of DarknessInducedAudienceApathy. Dystopian governments also prefer ApatheticCitizens because they gave up rebelling, and might try to deliberately invoke this trope through BreadAndCircuses.

This is also used poetically (mostly in fantasy) in making the statement that magical events and miracles takes place all the time and all around us, and people are just too busy, or too distracted to see it. But in extreme fantasy it could be that the citizens ignore the flying horse, disappearing church, or whatever the event, because it is a common-place occurrence in that world. If that is the case see CityOfWeirdos.

The parable of the GoodSamaritan makes this trope OlderThanFeudalism, although it is of course averted within the story.

See also CityOfWeirdos, BystanderSyndrome, SuicidalPacifism, AdamSmithHatesYourGuts, and the Just For Fun page JustForFun/DyingLikeAnimals.



* This TAC ad: http://www.tvspots.tv/video/31149/. On a sunny day at a crowded beach, a shark (not visible) attacks a charming friendly young boy, but [[spoiler:though people stare, no one does anything.]] The ad is to compare how apathetic people can be as they pass by vehicle accidents, they look, but do not act. Here, they look, but go about their business. What makes this ad more disturbing is not only the reactions of the people, and the fact that this is happening to a young boy, but we do not even see his parents, and the end, [[spoiler:a father carries his daughter over where the death occurs and moves her around the blood of the boy.]] None of the bystanders laugh or seem pleased about the situation, but it is curious at the least all of the reactions we see from everyone including the boy himself, so much reactions in one minute ad. Bystander syndrome is scary enough in real life, but this is exaggerated despite its horrific realism. Because all these things, this ad could swerve over to the category of being NightmareFuel, NauseaFuel, and ParanoiaFuel. If you want to see the ad, then take caution. It might be mildly disturbing, the SoundtrackDissonance does ease the mood at least, but the disturbing aspects are still there.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' was particularly guilty of this trope, especially during the Buu Saga. When Goku and Vegeta attempted to get the Earth to donate energy to the Spirit Bomb, the people (besides their friends and family) outright refused, even mocking them. Mr. Satan was legitimately angered at this, as the planet was giving the middle finger at their one and only chance to destroy Majin Buu once and for all, and ended up calling them out for it. Ironically, its him calling them out that got them to do it. Many people said (though possibly only the dub) that it might have just been some trick by Buu, or something to that effect. It was the fact that Mr. Satan is THE MOST FAMOUS HEROIC CHAMPION FIGHTER ON EARTH (since the Z warriors all shun fame and let him take credit for the Cell Games) that they got on board... Though oddly nobody questioned if HIS voice was a trick, probably because the one thing Mr. Satan shares with his namesake other than the name is epic bullshitting.
* The ''WebVideo/DragonballZAbridged'' adaptation of the ''Future of Trunks'' has a radio station giving what sounds like a weather report on the Androids currently destroying a city and slaughtering its inhabitants. Trunks guesses most people didn't react more due to them being a slow-burn threat.
* In the anime movie ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'', two of the main characters, Howl and Sophie, [[WeirdnessCensor walk across the street in mid-air]] while the street below them is crowded with nearly hundreds of townsfolk dancing. Perhaps they simply never looked up?
* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'': The Lanplatians. Even when a tower falls on their friends right in front of them, they just stand there drooling in confusion. [[spoiler: Marder's grand plan is actually to make them forget this and care about *something* again.]]
* Shows up a lot in ''Manga/{{Shiki}}'', where most of the villagers are utterly apathetic about the vampires taking over the town (they think it's an epidemic of disease, but ''still''). An epidemic is one thing, but the town having dozens of deaths, and slowly being repopulated by pale people who only work at night, you'd think they'd be at least a little suspicious.
* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', citizens don't care that [[spoiler: Togusa]] had just been shot and now lay bleeding out on the sidewalk. They just want to get out of the rain... although one citizen does cautiously approach him at the very last second before the episode fades out to the credits.
* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] and PlayedStraight in ''Anime/PsychoPass'' - Thanks to [[TheOmnipotent The Sybil System]] and [[BigBrotherIsWatching regulated Psycho Pass Scans]], violent crime has been diminished to the point where it's practically become a non-existent concept. So when a man using a [[spoiler:Psycho Pass Blocking helmet]] is beating a woman to death ''in the middle of the street, in broad day light, in front of millions of witnesses no less'', the citizens ''barely'' register what's happening and one guy even starts making a video recording of it.
* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', people get killed off all the time in public, or escorted out of the public to be killed in gruesome manners, and no one ever seems to pay much attention to the corpses on the streets or rampant disappearances, not even reporting them to the police. The Hunters are the only ones shown to take note of frequent deaths and disappearances in some particular area, and most of them display no empathy whatsoever, using said knowledge as clues to further their own ends. Ordinary civilians recount horrific events casually to their co-workers and comrades in a casual manner with little reaction from the people they speak to. The main character, Gon, is one such exception to this rule; any death he sees weighs heavily on him, as long as they haven't proven themselves an irredeemable murderous scumbag to him.
* In ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' the people of Earth are quite apathetic to the Invid rule and the attempts of the Robotech Expeditionary Force and [[LaResistance the few partisan fighters]] to take them down. {{Justified}} by the fact that not only they leave Humans alone as long as they don't try to get more [[MacGuffin Protoculture]] than they're alloted or pose a danger to them (overlapping categories, as most mechas and weapons capable of fighting the Invid require Protoculture as fuel), but they've also repaired Earth's ecosystem after the Zentraedi bombardment at the end of the First Robotech War nearly collapsed it, so the citizens of Earth have little reason to oppose the conquerors [[spoiler:and will sometimes even ''help them'', luring the unsuspecting soldiers into ambushes and leaving before the Invid attack]].
* In the ''very first episode'' of ''Anime/DeathNote'', some thugs try to rape a woman in full view of a busy street, right in front of a convenience store where Light is (ostensibly) reading a manga. Later, an FBI agent has a HollywoodHeartAttack at a busy subway station, and ''no one'' seems to notice or care. Later still, [[spoiler: Matt]] is shot by Takada's bodyguards, while hundreds (or even thousands) of people just look on.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The usual citizens of the Marvel and DC universes do not usually react to people using superpowers or flying around in costumes. After all, after some decades of ongoing continuity, it would not be realistic to expect them to keep pointing "it's a bird, it's a plane..." The exception is when there is a severe fight or destruction: people that keep shopping while Terrax or Despero destroy the buildings some meters away would be too much. Another exception (or not) is when the characters go back in time; the unusual overreactions to superheroes make it even more clear that they are not "at home".
* Many of Creator/JhonenVasquez's works such as ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' and ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' make prolific use of this trope (using it as a running gag most of the time).
** Whatever malign force makes Johnny insane also prevents him from having his crimes seen. This is lampshaded in the story.
*** ''Squee'' takes place in the same universe and the citizens react the same way. Also, there are a few non-Johnny stories in ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' where strange things happen and no one seems to care much.
* ''ComicBook/{{Hitman}}'' from DC comics, starring Tommy Monaghan (not the bald dude). He is utterly truthful with his initial romantic interest, who simply thinks he's being charming. She does not take it well when she discovers that he really does kill people (only bad ones though) for cash.
* ComicBook/SinCity citizens generally don't care if someone like Marv turns someone into a bloody mess right in front of them.
* This is the reason Rorschach became a costumed vigilante in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' - his first 'origin' ("Kovacs pretending to be Rorschach") was triggered by reading in the newspaper about the case of Kitty Genovese (see the RealLife section).
-->'''Rorschach:''' Kitty Genovese. Raped. Tortured. Killed. Here in New York. Outside her own apartment building. Almost forty neighbors heard screams. Nobody did anything. Nobody called cops. Some of them even watched. Do you understand? Some of them even watched.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/{{Quicken}}'': Invoked. When [[AntiHero Emma]] shooed away an enforcer that was harassing Lisa, Lisa was grateful because a lot of people saw her and just walked by. And Emma didn't.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'' starts with a long row of penguins who are blindly marching in line (for a brief dip in a pool) and unconcerned about a runaway egg rolling past them.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/AmericanPsycho'', Patrick Bateman regularly confesses to being a SerialKiller, just to see if anyone is listening. They almost never are, and if they are they think he's joking. [[spoiler:It is however hinted that he just imagines at least some of the killings.]] It's also hinted that [[spoiler:he really is killing people, but the people around him don't mind, covering it up for their own gain.]]
* In ''[[Series/{{Firefly}} Serenity]]'', the citizens of Miranda were exposed to an airborne chemical which was designed to suppress criminal impulse. However, [[spoiler:the drug ended up suppressing ''all'' impulses, leading to the majority of the population succumbing to fatal levels of apathy as they simply stopped caring about sustaining themselves. What made the mishap worse was the adverse reactions exhibited in a handful of cases. Instead of their impulses being suppressed, their ''ability to resist impulse'' was suppressed to the extent where they were driven murderously insane. Long story short, the Alliance '''created the Reavers'''. It's this scandal which allows Mal and his crew to come away from the movie with anything resembling a victory.]]
* In ''Film/MenInBlackII'', Will Smith is thrown through the window of a New York Subway train and immediately starts shouting at everyone to evacuate. The passengers ignore him until a giant toothed alien monster bites a chunk off the carriage. Later after he mind-wipes them, he starts chewing them out about this, realizes he's screwing up the mind-wipe and starts over.
* ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'':
** A young girl who was the daughter of a local butcher shop owner was stabbed to death in broad daylight nearly 30yrs ago. Nobody intervened, nobody called the police, nobody even moved to stop the guy who just walked away from it all clean.
** In ''All Saint's Day'' but to a lesser extent than previous. The late Don Yakavetta's bastard son, Concezio Yakavetta had been indited for ordering the murder of 22 people but the s.o.b. got off scott free. He's done so for years since the saint's departure.
* Done to both funny and scary effect in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', when Louis is cornered by the Terror Dog outside a restaurant. Everyone ignores his pleas to be let in, then just watches as the dog drags him off before going back to their meals. Ivan Reitman really gets a laugh out of the scene on the DVD commentary, calling it "a New York moment."
** Taken to some downright {{Jerkass}} extents in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 2016}}'', especially in the extended addition. For example; when Erin was kicked out of the academy she worked at her boyfriend Phil completely turned his back on her, literally; the jerk pretended she wasn't there when she came to him for comfort.
* In ''Film/KickAss'', Dave Lizewski states that the reason he became a superhero is because he couldn't stand by as a man got attacked while everyone just watched.
** In the fight that makes him an in-universe MemeticBadass, he even indirectly calls a group of them out on this. Judging from their reactions, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint they didn't quite get it.]]
--->'''Kick-Ass:''' Three assholes, laying into one guy while everyone else watches? And you want to know what's wrong with '''''me'''''?
** On that occasion, Lizewski shouts for a bystander to call 911 while he battles the thugs. Instead the bystander uses his phone to record the fight so he can upload it to Youtube.
* In ''Film/LastActionHero'', the main antagonist is a criminal from a stereotypical movie universe where the good guys always win and the bad guys never kill innocent bystanders while on the rampage. When he finds himself in the real world late one night he asks a random bystander for some help "testing a theory." When the bystander approaches he pulls out a gun and shoots him dead, then loudly announces "I've just killed a man!" To which someone angrily hollers back from the windows overhead for him to shut up so they can sleep. The villain is overjoyed.
* [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Gloriously]] averted in the [[PragmaticAdaptation film version]] of ''Film/AngelsAndDemons''. [[spoiler:Langdon is struggling to save the final victim (who's attached to weights and then dumped in water) and shouts for help, but everyone just stares at him (likely because he's shouting in English). Just as it appears all is lost, some bystanders leap into the water and help drag them out.]]
* At the beginning of ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' ComicBook/TheJoker finishes off his first display of [[{{Chessmaster}} talent]] by having a school bus drive into the bank and then pull out in the middle of a a group of them, in broad daylight, on a busy street. The only reaction of the people on the street that the audience is able to notice is a bunch of kids cheering.
** Later on, Batman has to plow through an alleyway of parked cars on his Batpod. Two kids in the alleyway pretending to shoot guns at the cars watch as the cars really do start blowing up. One seems amazed but not frightened, while the other ''smiles.''
* In ''Film/TheHowling'', several people watch a woman transform into a werewolf on live TV and pass it off as special effects, not really caring enough to look into the matter further.
* Averted at the end of ''Film/{{Rope}}''. The movie ends with [[spoiler:Rupert firing the gun outside to attract the police]].
* In ''Film/TheWarGame'', a 1965 docudrama about a nuclear attack on Britain, blame for this is put on the authorities and the media who've failed to educate or even address the populace on the subject of nuclear war. Sure enough, the BBC prevented the film from being aired on the grounds that it was too disturbing for television.
* In ''Film/TheLadyVanishes'', at least half of the train passengers who deny having seen Ms. Froy aren't even part of the conspiracy, they just don't want to get involved for various reasons of their own.
* Zigzagged in ''Film/{{Oldboy 2003}}''. After the hallway fight scene, Dae-su walks out onto the street covered in blood with nothing more than the occasional odd look from passersby. But when he collapses in the middle of a crosswalk, somebody ''instantly'' rushes to his aid (though justified when a short while later it's revealed he's in on the conspiracy.)
* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', a MileLongShip crashes into the San Fransisco waterfront, smashing Alcatraz on the way in before plowing into the city itself. However as Spock pursues the BigBad through the city, everyone is still going about their business as if this sort of thing happens every day.
* In ''[[Film/HomeAlone Home Alone 2: Lost in New York]]'', hardly anyone reacts to Harry and Marv chasing Kevin through the streets.
** Another example from the same film; the infamous Christmas pageant scene. Buzz humiliates Kevin, unbeknownst to Kevin, causing almost the entire audience to erupt in laughter. It could be arguable why they could be doing this, either they think Buzz is just doing something funny, or are personally demeaning Kevin, but either way, it seems pretty sadistic that this would occur in a school performance. Apparently, everyone was just too polite to violate the (ostensibly) formal atmosphere of the Christmas pageant.
* ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'': Murray Fetterman gets attacked by a [[MixAndMatchCritters Bat-Gremlin]] (some AppliedPhlebotinum was used to let it survive daylight) in the middle of a busy street. A few people stop to watch, but that's about it.
* ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (the 1989 version):
** The flight from Flugelheim Museum, with the Joker's men in hot pursuit. Never mind the ScreamingWoman, the produce truck crash, and the giant, futuristic black car; Batman's appearance in full view of the public (even if it ''is'' at night) failing to provoke anything resembling a mass panic is pretty strange, especially since Batman is a cryptid and rumored to be [[OurVampiresAreDifferent both immortal and a blood-drinker]]. People were probably [[CityOfWeirdos starting to become jaded]] after [[EnemyMime the courthouse assassination by whiteface mimes]] and the countless "smiling" deaths (including one that happened on live television). (This is subverted in a deleted scene, which has a homeless girl [[YourCostumeNeedsWork asking Batman if it is Halloween]].
** Similarly, the parade scene. ''Everyone'' but Knox, Vale, and the victims themselves seem completely oblivious to all the people dying in the streets. Some of them are still trying to pick up all the money showered by the Joker on the sidewalks [[TooDumbToLive (even though the Joker]] ''[[TooDumbToLive outright announced]]'' [[TooDumbToLive to them that they were going to die)]] and have to be frightened off by gunfire.
* [[UpToEleven Exaggerated]] and PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' when the brawl between the townspeople of Rock Ridge and Hedley Lamarr's goons, after having swept up a CampGay musical production in its wake, literally crashes into the Warner Brothers studio commissary. Not only do the characters eating in the commissary not flee or try to break up the fight, but they escalate the conflict by snatching up cream pies and throwing them at random people in an enormous [[FoodFight "pie fight."]] Even the unsuspecting tour group that enters the commissary and gets repeatedly pied doesn't seem to mind what's happening.
* In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', Quicksilver runs into the police department and tells everyone to leave the city for their own safety. He leaves, and the citizens just get back to whatever they were doing. Moments later, Quicksilver returns with an ''assault rifle'' and starts shooting the ceiling to be sure everyone's paying attention and gets moving.
* ''Film/ChildrenOfMen''. Facing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt after no new babies are being born, most of the populace retreats into self-centered indifference. When the protagonist is snatched off the street by masked men in broad daylight, some bystanders see it happen but barely break stride, let alone call the police.

* In Literature/NineteenEightyFour, [[spoiler:O'Brien]] goes on lengths to describe how the [[WorkingClassPeopleAreMorons proletariat]] are this, they're so entrenched in BreadAndCircuses that they would never care about all the sheer misery, lies and destruction the Party is perpetuating in plain sight, thus destroying Winston's hope that "if there is hope it lies in the proles".
* In the Lemony Snicket series ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', most of society is unwilling and/or unable to fight injustice, and many would prefer to gawk at violence for entertainment than attempt to stop it, unless it actually threatens them.
* The Creator/HarlanEllison story "The Whimper of Whipped Dogs" plays on and ultimately subverts the trope. Witnesses to a Kitty Genovese-like (see the RealLife section) murder aren't simply indifferent or paralyzed. They're members of a ReligionOfEvil taking part in a sacrifice.
* The inhabitants of the Castle in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' rarely care about even plot-critical and Castle-spanning events like the Supreme Custodian taking over the Castle.
* Played as hilariously straight as it is horrifying, in the ''Literature/{{GONE}}'' series, residents of the FAYZ are used to several people dropping dead on the street every week, and have genuinely stopped reacting fully to it, unless they were personally involved with the poor smuck.
* ''Literature/ThoseThatWake'' has these to begin with, and it's made worse by Man in Suit and his corruption.
* In Sinclair Lewis' ''Literature/ItCantHappenHere'', the citizens who did not take seriously Windrip's rise to power qualify as this. Emma Jessop is a recurring example, as she's more concerned about mundane matters that the rise of fascism in America, much to Doremus' chargrin.
* Some politicians attempt ''enforce'' this trope in TheNewsfleshTrilogy, and even without laws, its probably a good way to stay alive. You see, in this world, ''anyone'' dying can, within minutes, zombify. Thus quite a few people (and laws) are concerned that attempts to help people killed in car-crashes or heart-attacks will just lead to further outbreaks.
* In ''Literature/RachelGriffin'', Rachel is stunned to realize that [[BystanderSyndrome no one is actually concerned, or willing to do very much about,]] the impending [[ApocalypseHow end of the world.]]
* ''Literature/MartinFierro'': Martin Fierro was this even before [[{{FinalSolution}} all his disgraces happened]]: At the second song, he says that he didnít want to vote in the last election (In Argentina, to vote for the Civil Judge was required) because [[{{DumbIsGood}} ''He is a gaucho redondo (dumb) and those things do not interest him'']]. Notice that he never rebels against the authorities, he just runs away from them. This is the case with all the [[{{Gaucho}} gauchos:]] in RealLife, they were exterminated by their goverment in only a few years.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'', to excess. The Creator/RussellTDavies era, whose production team consists of fans of the original series who were likely frustrated by this trope, takes great efforts to avert it, most notably having London completely evacuated for Christmas because the city was attacked by aliens the previous two Christmas.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Jaime mentions this trope when describing the Mad King's execution of Ned's father and brother in "Lord Snow":
--> '''Jaime:''' Five hundred men just stood there and watched. All the great knights of the Seven Kingdoms, do you think anyone said a word, lifted a finger? No, Lord Stark. Five ''hundred'' men, and this room was silent as a crypt. Except for the screams, of course, and the Mad King laughing.
** In "Sons of the Harpy", Loras is seized by the Faith Militant just after a sparring match, but neither his squire, nor his sparring partner, nor any of the nearby nobles make any attempt to intervene as the Queen's brother is manhandled by commoners.
* It seems like the background characters on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' don't give a tiny rat's rear about the monster, the Others, the ''sky turning purple'', or any of the other weird stuff that happens on Craphole Island. They just want to eat Dharma products and lie on the beach. They don't even want to build an [=SOS=] sign or play ping-pong.
** The severe lack of 'island savvy' is commented upon by some of the characters, who then go off later and do exactly what they warned other people not to do. Not wander through the jungle alone because there be monsters. The characters are aware they should not even be alive in the first place (it was a nasty crash) but still...
* Lampshaded on ''Series/{{Lexx}}'':
-->'''Kai:''' I have observed that the residents of the various cities on Water suffer from -- or perhaps, benefit from -- a certain complacency in relation to the potential dangers they face. They seem to live for the minute, in a kind of continuum, and will likely show no interest in our problem.
* In the ''Series/BurnNotice'' episode ''False Flag'', Michael saves a woman from being hit by a car, but nobody else in the street even reacts.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Hawkeye, in attempting to demonstrate the apathy of the camp, makes a bet with Trapper that he could walk into lunch stark naked and no one would notice. He was only foiled because a soldier did notice and dropped his tray loudly enough to get people's attention.
* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', arguably the entire Federation can act like this at times. We never get any indication that the citizens have any problem with Starfleet seeking out new life and new civilisations and occasionally (often by total accident) ''pissing them off''. With how often Trek villains state their end goal is to destroy the Federation (Earth in particular), you'd think there would be ''some'' opposition from the people on Federation worlds that will be razed due to Starfleet's actions? Do the people have any say in things?
** When the Maquis protested their colonies were given to the Cardassians without their consent, they were denounced as terrorists, rounded up and imprisoned as enemies of the state. As shown in "Non Sequitur", even ''talking'' to a known member of the Maquis and looking up certain information on a ''public'' database is enough to get someone slapped with an ankle bracelet.
** "Paradise Lost" shows one dangerous Starfleet officer trying to force Starfleet into becoming a full-blown police-state in the name of Federation security, although this time, the people ''do'' notice the armed personnel on every street corner and take a stand.
** Subverted by the Organians, who ''appear'' this way to the Federation and Klingons at first, even shrugging off the threat of mass-murder against their people. As it turns out however, they're really an incomprehensibly powerful race of energy beings, who were just sitting back and observing the two alien powers to see just how rotten they could be to each other.
* Played straight in ''Series/{{Scream}}'' where most of the teen population of Lakewood react to [[spoiler: Nina's]] murder with dry sarcasm or mild indifference, which can be justified as many people thought they [[AssholeVictim had it coming]]... then averted later on when [[spoiler: Riley]] is killed, causing many grief-induced breakdowns.
* In the episode of ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'', "Stranger At Broken Fork", the people '''DIDN'T DO SQUAT''' as the local hooligans were forcing the mental patients out of their convalescent home to be disposed of... [[spoiler:in the middle of the desert, egged on by a low-down and evil GROCER, off all people]]! Even '''AFTER''' Steve and the local police saves the day.
* Hatred at the population of the Glades turns out to motivate the plans of the BigBad of Series/{{Arrow}}'s first season to KillThePoor: when his wife was stabbed in a mugging gone wrong, despite being both out in the open and a wealthy philanthropist who worked in the area (in fact, [[DeathByIrony she was coming home from a free clinic she founded/ran when she was stabbed]]), nobody lifted a finger to help her. With the revelation she only died because nobody even called the police during the ''hours'' she spent bleeding out, with people walking past her indifferently all that time, one can almost [[VillainHasAPoint sympathize with the big bad's views about the need to destroy such a]] WretchedHive.
* ''Series/SexAndTheCity''s Carrie is mugged. She walks into a salon and shrieks "I've been robbed!". In true New York City style, everyone present basically shrugs and goes right back to what they were doing.

* The citizens in Music/TheProtomen's albums are this across both acts; Protoman even calls them out for just waiting for a hero to save them.
* The citizens mentioned in Music/BlackSabbath's "Iron Man" cares little for the eponymous character's AndIMustScream situation. This leads to him losing his mind and the subsequent RoaringRampageOfRevenge when he ''does'' get free later.
* "Dark Ages" by Music/JethroTull has hints of this. With civilization on the brink of collapse, humanity is more concerned with their own well being than those of others.
* "Outside of a Small Circle of Friends" by Music/PhilOchs. The first verse is quoted up top.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'': Mostly averted at least with humans, this was the time of plenty of grass root movements and charity movements. In some adventures player characters are sometimes expected to intervene in matters that does not directly involve them for no reason than the goodness of their hearts. Most canal Martians are surprisingly resigned to the ineffectiveness of their rulers and the slow dying of their planet, though.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Averted in the [[VideoGame/AnnoDomini Anno]] series. One of the best ways to see fireworks is to withhold (or not meet) your population's needs from them for an extended period of time.
* Many ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' citizens are aware that the world's going to hell right now (again), but nobody seems to be arsed to do a thing about it. Also, people who lose things, have their friends kidnapped, or just plain want to investigate strange happenings, are quite content to wait around and wait for you to do the job yourself, or at best, wait for you to talk to them before heading on their quest with you in tow.
** The [[VideoGame/BaldursGateII second game]] handles most of the quests a bit better, especially the class-specific/stronghold quests: it's not that the citizens are apathetic, and in fact, there's more than a few people trying to do things about the problems, but they're level 1 nobodies and ''know it'', so they're not about to look into it themselves. They'd much rather hire the roving band of god-like mercenaries.
*** This makes the actions of the NPC crowd even stranger in the first game, when one of the big problems is an iron shortage that your party can resolve by third level. What has the BadassArmy Flaming Fist been doing if it isn't chasing the PlayerCharacter down for infractions of VideoGameCrueltyPotential?
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' has plenty of this from the {{Muggles}}, but it's {{justified| Trope}} to the point of {{Deconstruction}}, especially in the second game, by the fact that the Force Users are dragging everyone else into their conflict (not for the first time, and certainly not for the last), and many don't see much of a difference between Jedi and Sith. As one character puts it, both factions are "Men and women with too much power, arguing over religion while the rest of us burn."
* The Black Omen in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' is a [[FloatingContinent flying obsidian battlestation]]. When it first appeared in 12,000 B.C, Humanity had just barely managed to survive a cataclysm that brought the world out of an ice age (which its appearance caused), and people knew that the Black Omen was something to fear. However, its purpose was to just wait until the Day of Lavos to happen in 1999 AD, so it did nothing. In 1000 A.D, it had been floating around for generations without doing anything, [[JustifiedTrope so there would be no reason to expect it to do anything now]]. Characters even forecast weather by the way it shines that day.
* ''[[VideoGame/CityOfHeroes City of Villains]]'' often plays this straight. Civilians often ''completely ignore'' the antics of supervillains and various groups. Gameplay wise, normal civilians ''are'' invulnerable, and since [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight random superpowered public battles]] go on '''all the time''' ... by this point, it's little more than street theater for them.
** In ''City of Heroes'', though, pedestrians who get too close to enemies [[AvertedTrope often cringe and run back the way they came]].
** The apathy is even more apparent if one tries to talk to the civilians. Rogue Islanders are rather dismissive of supervillainy, to the point of being {{Deadpan Snarker}}s! ("Let me guess. You're the Dark Something or Other.")
** Prime Example of this: During a ''Deadly Apocalypse'' special event (which is heralded by thick fog, dramatic music, and the sudden appearance of ominous banners throughout the zone), Paragon Citizens will run for cover. Islanders? ''Don't even react''.
* ''[[VideoGame/DungeonSiege Dungeon Siege II: Broken World]]'' hits the "''reallllly'' pessimistic" part right on the head. A lot of the Elves go on pessimistic monologues that would make a {{goth}} or a NietzscheWannabe proud. There is a good reason for it, though; they no longer have visions and the Familiars easily decimated them.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': A crime syndicate [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue takes over our city]]? Cults attempt to [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire flood and/or dry out the world]]? Some god-wannabe tries to [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl restart all of creation]]? No problem, I'm sure some kid will take care of it for us.
** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Emerald]]'' Version takes the cake: [[spoiler:the weather's gone to hell, two ancient titans are intent on destroying one another, Hoenn and ''possibly the entire world'' are in jeopardy...]]and that kid in Mossdeep is still rambling on about the rock Steven gave him. Whoop-dee-freaking-doo, now evacuate before [[spoiler:your island floods.]]
*** But at least most of the people in that area seemed worried, and their doors were locked.
*** It gets worse when you're trying to solve the issue present in the Hoenn games, and trainers ''in the general area'' of the disaster will challenge you to a battle, despite the blistering heat or deluge of rain.
*** In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Platinum]]'', people seem worried too... if they're in the area. This trait is carried on from ''Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald''.
** Mention goes to ''VideoGame/PokemonHeartGoldAndSoulSilver'', where you can have the god of the entire Pokemon universe following you around and no one seems to notice. Well, except the guys at the Ruins of Alph.
** Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''; at one point N suggests that if everybody else in Unova cared about their Pokemon half as much as you do, he wouldn't have a cause, but they don't, so [[WellIntentionedExtremist he does]].
*** At least in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Black and White]]'', this is averted with the Gym Leaders. Unlike the previous generations where the Gym Leaders are just as apathetic as everyone else, the Leaders from seven of the eight Unova gyms are actively involved in opposing N and Team Plasma.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', two people in the town's Pokemon Center do notice that [[spoiler: an enormous crystalline weapon has risen from the ground in the middle of Geosenge Town, destroying several houses in the process, and that Team Flare has seized control of their town.]] On the other hand, another guy in the Pokémon Center is still too busy talking about the TM he gave you earlier to notice anything unusual. But what really takes the cake is Phil the Photo Guy, as you can still call him to take your picture in the middle of all this, and he doesn't acknowledge any of what's going on. When you call him up, he just goes about his business like usual. Even after [[spoiler: the crisis is averted, nobody really does anything to fix the damage done around Geosenge's north end]], and everyone in town seems relatively unphased by the ordeal.
** ''Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire'' play this game about as straight as the originals, but mercifully make the people of Mossdeep panic as well. It's a little more egregious given the nature of the [=BuzzNav=] which reports everything to every Trainer faster an Speed Forme Deoxys; ''everyone should know about this and be panicking'', but only half the country cares.
* In a combination of the giant meteor in the sky and the clownish madman trying to destroy the world, the premise of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' has the possessed Skull Kid bringing the moon down on Termina. Reactions range from "Gee, the moon's getting bigger..." to plans in a Bomb Shop for trying to GET to said moon using bombs. Even the Mask Salesman who starts you on your journey doesn't do anything himself, only shaking you if you go back to him without the eponymous mask.
** To be fair, he knows EXACTLY what to do about it. He also knows he can't do anything to help.
** The ''entire'' series is filled with civilians who are surprisingly okay with Link walking right into their houses and breaking their jars to take what's inside, although those same people will, on occasion, demand repayment for breaking down their door...
*** Parodied hilariously with [[http://wizard.gamebanana.com/img/ico/sprays/halolz-dot-com-thelegendofzelda-li.jpg this image.]]
*** In [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]], ''anyone'' in Skyloft will let you '''sleep in their bed'''. Especially Beedle, who complains how your sleeping in his bed made him have to peddle even harder just to keep his floating shop afloat. He says he doesn't mind, but he certainly complains about it enough.
** And let's be fair: in the last six hours before the crash, everyone's finally gotten off their behinds to start rioting/crying/expecting imminent death. Rather sudden after 66 hours of apathy, but at least they finally showed ''some'' emotion.
** Possibly {{justified|Trope}} in that there ARE people screaming at the mayor to get everyone out of the city. Others don't want people panicking and urge him to continue with the festival. The people are planning to go to the ranch to avoid the problem. People are freaked and either have no idea what to do or come up with very inadequate plans. Kafei and most of the other side quest stuff... not so much. Hey, my girlfriend is going to be crushed by a gigantic grinning rock, can you help me get this mask back?
** Essentially, the people aren't really apathetic, [[ElephantInTheLivingRoom but are in denial]]. On the third day when it's made abundantly clear that the moon ''will'' fall, they break. The sidequest stuff could also be explained by most of the people being aware that evacuating the town isn't going to save them, so they want to put their affairs in order and enjoy what little time they have left. Not only that, it's the reason that for the major city of the region about to have a huge festival you only see a handful of people roaming the streets, the only people who haven't ALREADY evacuated are the above people in denial.
* ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'' had something of a mix.
** Plenty of people were willing to help Link, but sometimes required strange tasks. Getting one key spell, for example, required getting water for a woman when the fountain was the next screen over. Another complained about a trophy being stolen and required its return to get the spell. Clearly there are more important things?
** Also, the random townspeople were a mixed bag. Some of them were clearly worried with phrases like "You must save Hyrule!" and "Please save our town!". Others expressed "I am much too busy to talk to a stranger" or "I know nothing".
** Elsewhere in the ''Zelda'' universe, in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap The Minish Cap]]'', Princess Zelda gets turned to stone, and nobody in town gives a shit. In fact, all they ever seem to give a toss about is how strange the King is acting - by which time you'll probably have seen the cutscene that explains it. Oh, and Kinstones. They LOVE Kinstones.
** And in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', nobody seems to notice that [[spoiler:their beloved Queen Zelda has disappeared. They don't even talk about her all that much]] or even when [[spoiler:Hyrule Castle is surrounded by an impenetrable bubble. And when the city is first filled with darkness, they WATCH the castle BURN and don't seem to really care!]] To paraphrase Midna: "This city is full of idiots!"
* In ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsOnline'', a number of {{NPC}}s were constantly moaning about how terrible things were. This was later changed to make them less unhappy.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}}: Playground of Destruction'', the people of North Korea have become so desensitized to the constant shifts in government and the daily assortment of air raids, artillery barrages, mafia killings, and armored offensives that they won't even ''blink'' when a heavily armed mercenary rumbles past with a stolen tank.
** This shows up in ''Mercenaries 2: World in Flames'' as well. Most Venezuelan civilians will keep on driving down the road, even when there is a large running gunfight between mercenaries, People's Liberation Army of Venezuela, the Venezuelan Army, the Chinese Army, ''and'' the Allied Nations roaring down the road towards them. However, an interesting aversion sometimes occurs when civilian pedestrians in the major cities run screaming in terror from the various bombing runs and gunfights occurring within city limits.
* Played painfully straight in ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed''. The entire world has been torn apart, an EldritchAbomination is wreaking havoc at night, and Eggman is being uncharacteristically menacing, yet the only townspeople to show appropriate concern or despair are revealed to be possessed by the aforementioned EldritchAbomination. It's a little bit creepy finding people completely aware of the grim state of the world, yet much more concerned with mundane problems.
** Perhaps {{justified|Trope}} by all the shit that's happened before. Angel Island periodically crashes into either the sea or a nearby continent, giant robots (and in one case, an EldritchAbomination known as Chaos) regularly attack the city of Station Square, ''a large chunk of the moon is missing'' from that one time Eggman got his hands on a WaveMotionGun, there was that alien invasion a few years back... at this point, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday they've probably stopped caring.]]
** This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Amy, where she asks why everyone is so laid-back during the crisis.
** The absolute crowning example of this trope is in the execrable ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006''. Early on in the game you find yourself impeded by a large door which won't be opened without authorization from the captain of the police force, but the officer who tells you this won't just tell you where to find the captain; apparently, the best use of their time was to devise silly little KnightsAndKnaves games meant to impede people trying to save the princess. The worst part[[note]] Aside from the fact that the captain is the guy who gives you the "find the captain" mission, or, in other words, ''the guy standing right next to the door you want open''.[[/note]] is that, when you finally locate the captain, he tells you they gave you the runaround because they just really didn't feel like helping you save their beloved monarch.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', at one point, a planet appears overhead. The two planets are mere miles away from each other, and it turns the sky a bright shade of purple. However, no one seems to be upset that another world is placed so close to theirs, except for one college student, who worries that it might mess up his senior thesis.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', a similar premise takes place when the Adephagos is introduced into the world. Despite it being blatantly obvious in its eventual destruction of the world, the populace, for the most part, doesn't look like they care much. [[spoiler:However, this is changed when the guilds, Knights, and everyone else joins together to destroy blastia in the hopes of bringing change to the world.]]
* Averted in the ''Wrath of the Lich King'' ExpansionPack for ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', where you gather weapons and otherwise help a group of farmers rise up to battle an undead invasion. It's even the farmers' idea.
* While the citizen of Empire City will easily notice Cole and act accordingly to his Karma rating in ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS}}'', they have the annoying habit of just standing around while you're duking it out with street gangs and giant robots. While not much of an inconvenience if you're playing as a villain, in which case you can just blast everything in sight, be it villain or civilian, it gets particularly annoying when playing as a hero, and you can't use any of your stronger powers because twenty damn old ladies are between you and baddies.
* Angband, Moria, and some other Roguelikes partially follow this trope. There's a deep dungeon with the world Ultimate Evil at the bottom, but there's a happy town with merchants all too willing to make a buck off the hero. Though to be fair, it's possible the town has sprung up because of the opportunities in selling equipment to would-be adventurers who promptly get themselves killed, thus ensuring a nice buyback policy once it's "found".
* In the ending of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', despite having a massive weapon smash through a large portion of New York, much of the citizens in the background simply carry about their business, and the only ones who seem to even notice the damage are the police. Although only a handful are present. Then again, [[Synopsis/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty this is easily the least of the ending's realism problems.]]
** This could also be chalked up to RuleOfSymbolism. Part of the underlying theme of the game's story is about how people can be kept controlled and unquestioning via manipulation of media and authority to help contextualize memetic ideas. Seeing the citizens practically ignore the disaster literally in their midst underscores to the player just how much control of society in general [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness The Patriots]] have.
* In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'', late in the game, the people of Piata are worried about what will happen to their city when they find out that a huge hole has opened up in the earth north of them and all life around it is dying inexplicably, including [[spoiler:killing everyone in Mile, a nearby village]]. They don't do anything about it. I should point out that Piata is called the Town Of Learning because it's the only place ''in the solar system'' with a university, and the world's smartest people live there. It does have a notable aversion, though, see below.
* By late in the game ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', most of Manhattan is a warzone between [[AxCrazy Alex]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction Mercer]], the [[SemperFi US Marine Corps]] and [[ArmiesAreEvil Shadowy]] GovernmentConspiracy, and [[TheVirus the Infected]]. However, in many areas, traffic is going normally, and people are casually strolling down the streets, right up until Mercer shows up while using any of his visible powers, or the Infected start spreading again. ''Then'' they panic. They should know better by now.
** For a given value of "visible powers", which is to say his aggressive ones. Want to run straight up the side of a building, glide over to the other side of the street, then land so hard you crack the pavement? Nobody will bat an eye. ''Not even the military personnel who are supposed to be on the lookout for you''.
*** That may be less apathy/cluelessness, and more savvyness: the guards/pedestrians are hoping that if they pretend they don't see you, you won't murder them horribly and eat their corpse.
** It gets so absurd, that you can stand at the edge of an infected zone and a neutral zone and look left, see people panicking, screaming and freaking out as infected attack them and the military attacks ''them'', then look right and see completely calm people cross the street without a care in the world.
--> '''Marine:''' Fucking New York...
* ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' usually averts this, with civilians screaming and running at any sign of danger. But the last mission of ''Contracts'' hands you a blatant example- you can mug a paramedic for his clothes with a half-dozen civilians ''standing five feet away, looking directly at you''. It doesn't raise the alarm at all.
** In the Mardi Gras level of ''[[VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney Blood Money]]'', the teeming mass of partygoers choking the streets don't notice or care if 47 is running around having gun battles with cops and thugs dressed as giant birds. They don't even count as living witnesses afterwards.
* ''VideoGame/TheGodfather'' game is weird about this; sure, there's CrowdPanic should you be seen with a gun, or get involved in a gunfight, or crash into something... but if you use your car's horn to try and get them out of the way when you're speeding to somewhere, they don't care. Perhaps a case of TruthInTelevision?
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' have the people in the slums practically not care what happens around them or above them on the upper plate. When Sector 7 gets destroyed because of a piece of the upper plate falls on it, several of the [=NPCs=] are either mildly surprised or are disgruntled that the destruction caused them an inconvenience.
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** Ironically, the citizens in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' act this way toward Apathy Syndrome victims. People with Apathy Syndrome can't talk or move, so if they're stuck outside, they can easily become dehydrated or get heat stroke. However, it seems that most people you speak to are too creeped out to get near a victim or can't even be bothered to help. One student even admits to ''taking pictures of every victim he saw and sending them to his friends''.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': Regularly discussed. Many of the villains bring up the fact they can do the horrible things they've done because the general public are more interested in being told what to do than doing what's right on their own. In fact, the Phantom Thieves decide to continue their activities after the first dungeon in order to encourage people to not be afraid and apathetic anymore. In fact, the optional dungeon Mementos is actually the [[MentalWorld Palace]] of Tokyo's general population, created by [[AdultFear Adult Fears]] such as a loss of livelihood, status, and family. These fears prevent them from challenging the status quo that allows the villains to get away with their crimes. Of the SevenDeadlySins the Palaces and their creators represent, Mementos and humanity represent "Sloth".
* Averted in ''VideoGame/MetalWalker''. While the majority of the citizens don't have {{Mons}} to help, they know a lot of what's going on and freely share information with you, telling you where places are on the world map. In the very beginning of the game, a citizen even saves your character's life!
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Dgeneration}} D/Generation]]'', while some of the people you rescue may give you advice, most just wait for you to lead them to the exit.
* In ''VideoGame/ZettaiHeroProject'' the citizens are presumably so used to world ending threats that they don't really care that there's a rampaging Final Boss threatening to destroy the entire world, reasoning that the world's most popular hero The Unlosing Ranger will stop him. The event is even televised as a media sensation. When the Ranger dies and the torch is passed to a weak bystander who gets killed in one shot, ''they still don't care''. Reaches legendary proportions when [[spoiler:a nuke threatens to destroy Japan in 20 minutes, and nobody can stop it besides the weak bystander. Do they gain faith in him? No, surely someone else besides that loser will save them.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' suffers from this. Especially the rulers of the cities and the empire. At the climax of the main story there is a demonic invasion about to occur outside one of the most important imperial cities. If the battle and the city are lost, the empire will fall as the demons would have a clean march to the heart of the empire. So your character goes around trying to muster support for the coming invasion. If you do everything perfectly (taking over an hour per city), you'll be assisted by...14 standard city guards. Not 14 guards per city. 14 guards total. To top things off, the capital of the empire can't send any troops at all because: "They are too busy protecting the borders". Priorities seem skewed...
** During the main part of the game there are [[{{Hellgate}} Oblivion Gates]] open all over the land, constantly pouring demons out of them, and no one outside of the main quest line line seems overly concerned about that.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', most people seem concerned about the impending draconic apocalypse, but they just go about their normal business since they know there's nothing they can do about it. But if someone dies in front of them, chances are they'll just say "Oh. What happened?", knowing full well that the culprit is right behind them with a weapon covered in blood.
*** Sometimes in ''Skyrim'', after the town your visiting is attacked by a '''freaking dragon''', the citizens react to the aftermath like it was a normal day in the neighborhood.
* In the old FPS/RPG ''VideoGame/{{Strife}}'', neither the peasants or Order troops pay attention to the heavily armed man wandering around town. Not even when the facilities he enters suffer from gun fights and destruction shortly after. You can also shoot villagers with poison arrows and stab them to death in plain sight of their friends or allies and most of the time they won't even move. However, acolytes will attack you if kill other acolytes.
* Averted in the ''VideoGame/EuropaUniversalis'' series, where if your subjects have reasons to revolt (nationalism, religious differences, etc.) THEY WILL. To many players' annoyance.
* Played straight in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'', where the citizens of Crimea, at least in Port Toha, explicitly state that they don't care that their country is being overrun, though they're aware of it. Oddly, citizens of the antagonist country Daein seem quite passionate when the protagonists overrun their country.
* Played straight and subverted in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory''. Many of the toads in the game show some level of concern over the outbreak of Blorbs and at least notice the disappearance of everyone in Peach's castle, but none of them are actually willing to do anything about it. That said, when things land right in their lap, most of them are plenty willing to scream and panic ([[spoiler:i.e. when Bowser grows several stories and has a Godzilla-style throwdown with a HumongousMecha formed using Peach's castle]]).
* The citizens of [=OsTown=] and Mean Street in ''VideoGame/EpicMickey''. [[CrapsackWorld The world is nothing but a dangerous, toxic, dark, forsaken wasteland]], death machines and murderous predators made of ink waiting around just for a chance to slit their throats or take their souls, the world is ruled by Cthulhu's long lost cousin and a MadScientist with an amputation fetish, [[WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit their former king]] is [[SanitySlippage losing his grip of reality due to bitterness, jealousy, grief and loneliness]], and [[Disney/MickeyMouse the most famous star in animation history]] is running around either trying to save the world or playing ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' Disney-style on them and they all walk around with big smiles and happy faces and says they've no problems in the world and just ask you to deliver their mail or bring them flowers or something.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'', the citizens ''have the shine sprites needed to get the island sunny again!'' No points to guessing what they do with them. Hint: They have Mario do everything for them instead of pooling them in or just giving them to Mario.
** Especially JustForFun/{{egregious}} are the tanookis running the boathouse, who are actually hoarding ''two dozen'' Shine Sprites and will only fork them over for blue coins.
* Played so straight in a section of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' that one wonders if it was deliberate. A meeting with a contact turns bloody in the Ultra-Luxe Hotel spa, eliciting ''absolutely zero'' reaction from the nearby people who are dipping in the pool. It actually makes the place creepier than it already is.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' takes this trope [[UpToEleven up to twelve]]. The citizens of Kirkwall don't seem to notice or care that the city's most famous resident, a rogue wizard, the captain of the guard, and a pirate are getting into massive, bloody battles in residential neighborhoods.
** The issue was present in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' as well. [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] would often ignore huge battles taking place right beside them, and outside of one guy in Lothering, none of the Templars seemed to notice that Morrigan was an apostate. Although the latter is rather justified, as Ser Bryant, the leader of the Lothering Templars does point out that his ''main'' concern is the approaching Darkspawn horde and as long as they don't cause trouble, he simply has bigger fish to fry than a Mage Warden or their Apostate allies.
** Another reason is that Templars likely don't want to create a diplomatic incident with the Grey Wardens over arresting their allies, especially in lieu of the Blight and a side-quest in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' shows [[CurbStompBattle what happens]] when the Templars ''do'' try to take issue with the Grey Wardens hiring apostates. For the most part, the only objection the Templars have to the [[WellIntentionedExtremist Grey Wardens]] is their refusal to ban BloodMagic, seeing it as simply [[TheGlovesComeOff another tool]] to [[LetsGetDangerous use against the horde]].
* In the Japanese game ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy'', the citizens notice that the stars and moon are gone out of the sky, but never notice that rolling balls of... stuff are collecting people, buildings, and land. Son, did you say there's a strange ball collecting stuff? Oh, we have to catch a plane.
* While they don't actually appear, they clearly exist in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare''. The BigBad of ''Modern Warfare 2'' gives a MotiveRant, and references the world's apathy as a reason for his DespairEventHorizon; and his goal is to get citizens to care about the risks and sacrifices the military makes.
-->[[spoiler:''' General Sheperd:''']] Five years ago, I lost 30,000 men [[NukeEm in the blink of an eye]]... and the world just ''[[PrecisionFStrike fucking]]'' watched. Tomorrow, there will be no shortage of volunteers, no shortage of patriots. I know you understand.
* ''VideoGame/HercsAdventures'': Nobody gives a wet napkin about you being a legendary greek hero trying to stop Hades to bring TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, but they react if you hit them... By saying things like "Quit hitting me !" or "Pick someone your own size !".
* The ''VideoGame/MentalSeries'', at least in the last game, ''Murder Most Foul''. The citizens don't really seem to care about your presence, with them only telling you "Watch it FREAK!" if you run into them. This wouldn't be so bad, if the instructions didn't establish the three as the most wanted criminals in the country. They still don't react when Walter starts running them over with a van.
* Franchise/TheSmurfs themselves on the very first level of the 16-bit version of Infogrames' ''VideoGame/TheSmurfs1994''. Not only do they not seem to care that your fellow Smurfs have been captured by Gargamel and you're the only Smurf that needs to rescue them, [[EverythingTryingToKillYou they're also inadvertently trying to kill you]] with their daily activities!
* Zigzagged in ''VideoGame/CobraMission''. As we learn towards the end of the game, most young men and women were kidnapped and either killed or drugged and transformed into Mooks, and older folks are too afraid to leave their homes. Yet, most businesses (shops, delivery firm, construction company, railroad, hiring company) seem to be working as though nothing is out of ordinary.
* Played very straight by the [=NPCs=] of ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction''. Your hero Kyrie is a PersonOfMassDestruction who was jailed for [[PowerIncontinence accidentally killing a beastlord]] and [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed turning his whole village to sand]], and his LoveInterest Morte is [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Crimson Plague, feared Beastslayer,]] and supposedly one of the most notorious members of the World Annihilation Front (and definitely carrier of a {{BFS}} that no one ever asks her to please leave outside). Most people don't even ''blink'' when you walk into town - not just the humans, who ''might'' believe you're there to liberate them from [[FantasticRacism feral rule]], but even most of the ferals don't seem to care (including if you walk into a feral-only portion of a city; the most reaction you'll get is a casual, "Oh dear, how did you get in here? This is no place for humans," not even a threat to call the guards if you don't leave). When people start noticing that the world may actually be ending, their reactions are pretty low-key, too - a couple ''say'' they're scared but still roam around the city as usual, though some question if such a thing is even possible. The MostTriumphantExample for the game has to be in the city of Viteaux, however, when Porcus Rex threatens to [[EatsBabies eat a child]] [[DisproportionateRetribution for accidentally running into him]]; the crowd of onlookers definitely feels sorry for the kid, but doesn't dare intervene or even raise an objection. Even your companions point out to Kyrie that this is simply the way things are (luckily for that kid, though, Kyrie is an AllLovingHero and refuses to accept the status quo).
* Ryomura Village's citizens in ''VideoGame/{{Sinjid}}'' don't seem to notice or care that [[EliteMooks Mistwalkers]] hired by the TheEmpire stormed their village and kidnapped your allies while you were away. It's even lampshaded; [[TheHero Sinjid]] questions why the villagers are so calm given the situation they're in, and [[MsExposition Midori]], who informs you of this matter, states that it's because they're slow.
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''' resident pawn shop manager Trip will sell the player character highly illegal weapons with offhand comments about the dreary state of Santa Monica, a warning not to do anything that could be traced back to him, and absolutely no further interest. That he has connections in local law enforcement and both opposing Vampire factions makes it highly likely that he has some inkling of the supernatural nastiness going on in town, but prefers the safety of the sidelines.
* {{Parodied|Trope}} in ''VideoGame/CrashTwinsanity'', where Crash Bandicoot and Dr. Neo Cortex end up in a Wumpa Fruit farm, and the farmer happens to have one of the crystals they need to travel to the Tenth Dimension. However, the farmer refuses to give it to them unless they exterminate the worms infesting his orchard before the farmer's market opens the next day. Cue Cortex blasting the farmer and saying something to the effect of "ThisIsReality".
* ''VideoGame/ClarencesBigChance'': Clarence's coworkers, PlayedForLaughs. One even stands around impassively while ''the room is on fire''.

* Most of the citizenry of Generictown in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''. Then again, considering how smartness-impaired many of them are, getting them actively involved in the town's weirdnesses would probably only make things worse.
* In ''Webcomic/AHateStory'', every living citizen of [[TheNecrocracy the Lich'Moor Empire]] is completely desensitized to any form of danger or disaster and [[NotAfraidToDie has no fear of death]], leading to things like a crowd of people roasting marshmallows on the flames of the burning building they're trapped in.
* In ''WebComic/SecondEmpire'', Xenol has found that the rulers of Dalek society have begun implementing a series of "efficiency" measures such as effectively slaving the Dalek Empire to their computers and stopping assigning names in favor of strings of alphanumeric code, among other measures he sees as polluting the Dalek legacy. He arranges for a break-in into Skaro in a daring mission to kill the Emperor, and even when that fails, he has inflicted massive damage to the Dalek capital and considerably thinned the city guard. He leaves Skaro, fully confident the citizenry will see his acts and begin asking questions and weakening the Emperor's rule. Cue the [[KentBrockmanNews Skaro's Largest Kwalorblmn Fruit report]] next day.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': In "Necessary Sacrifice," much to Sun's frustration, no one in Menagerie is willing to help protect Haven Academy from the White Fang. Blake explains that Menagerie has been populated by Faunus who are tired of fighting or struggling and just want to be left alone. Asking them to go and fight other people's wars is asking them to put strangers before themselves. Her concern is that the people of Menagerie haven't yet realized that the damage the White Fang will do in the eyes of the humans will affect even Menagerie.
-->'''Blake''': The Faunus here in Menagerie - the ones that werenít born on the island - moved here because they were tired of fighting, of having to struggle constantly. Menagerie is filled with people that just want to be left alone, and here we are, asking them to put the rest of the world before themselves.\\
'''Sun''': I guess I never really thought about it like that.\\
'''Blake''': The problem is, whatever happens at Haven is going to affect them whether they like it or not. If Adam gets his way and Haven falls, itís only going to make things worse for the Faunus. Everywhere.
** In "True Colors," [[spoiler:the citizens are [[NeutralNoLonger finally broken out of this attitude]] when the White Fang attacks and tries to kill Blake's parents, the beloved leaders of Menagerie; this, along with a RousingSpeech from Blake, convinces them to help.]]
* In ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', the civilian populace of Molossia (read: the president's family) react to all news about the state of their homeland with an uninterested hum, without even taking their eyes off their magazines.
** Until the very end, when one of the president's children looks up from his magazine and says, "What?"
* In ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'', the titular town's citizens are so ConditionedToAcceptHorror that they'll just stand by while hooded figures openly steal babies, and will continue to go about their day as a giant glowing cloud drops hundreds of dead animals on their town -- as long as they brought a good umbrella. PlayedForDrama in episode 46, when Cecil [[spoiler:tries to rally Night Vale to help Tamika Flynn's child militia in taking down [=StrexCorp=], but the citizens who showed up only stood there and watched while the children were defeated and captured]].
* In WebOriginal/PositivelyDreadful, the [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel Universe]] is coming to an end, one citizen is shown panicking, while another seems uninterested and confident that the Avengers will fix everything. The latter turns out to be right.
* On many art sites many artists, most often those who constantly get bashed for producing low quality artwork or fanservice, will often use DontLikeDontRead or some variation thereof in order to try and invoke this. The main reason being these individuals either CantTakeCriticism or hope that, by telling users DontLikeDontRead or making a DearNegativeReader, people will leave them alone so they can continue to create those works.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Every inhabitant of the [[PlanetOfHats Neutral Planet]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' seems unable to process enough emotion to be afraid of imminent disaster.
** Beware the mighty and softly-calling Beige Alert.
** "If I don't survive, tell my wife... 'Hello.'"
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'': "I'm really a lab mouse trying to take over the world."
* Strange example from ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'' animated series. It had an episode where Stanley became an astronaut. When his space shuttle is about to crash, the people panicked except for one guy who simply walked away uninterested with his arms crossed.
* Played for Laughs in episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', "Stressed to Kill" where the people seemed apathetic to the crimes. Quackerjack and Megavolt developed a way to forcibly relax people so they can steal without anyone raising an alarm.
-->'''Darkwing:''' What is with you people?! The city's been robbed blind and you act like nothing's happening!\\
'''Citizen:''' So, like, what's your point?
* One episode of one of the ''Franchise/CareBears'' television series had the eponymous characters and their cousins visit a gray town filled with apathetic people who didn't care about the miserable state of their surrounding or the kind actions offered. It's later revealed to be a FisherKingdom under the spell of a nearby gem, causing the the Care bears and their cousins to slowly lose their color and become increasingly non-caring. In the end, it is destroyed just before the characters succumb to its effects and everything becomes happy and cheerful again.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' had the eponymous ghoul and Lydia visit a cursed town which disappears for eternity as soon as all its inhabitants fall asleep. Everyone who is not dozing is constantly drowsy and forgetful as a result of the curse's effects.
* Happens in the ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' episode "Lax", where the cast from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' {{Cross Over}}ed into Lilo and Stitch's universe for a vacation in their Hawaiian island hometown. One of Stitch's "cousins" activated to cause havoc is a parrot-like experiment named Lax who had the ability to fire green rays from his antenna that caused anything it hits to relax or stop working. When Pleakley, Jumba, and Stitch get zapped by the lazy beam, they all go on vacation, forcing Lilo to rely on her new friends to stop the experiment so they can use it to deactivate Hamsterviel's latest destructive weapon. As Lax dwindles down their numbers, all but Lilo and TheSmartGuy Gretchen are left to stop the latest threat. When Lax's beams hit Gretchen, she acts unaffected as her {{Workaholic}} personality allows her to derive relaxation and satisfaction from her work. Through improvisation, they use their affected friend's vacation play to catch the experiment, deactivating the destructive machine and finding Lax's one true place where he belongs by using his powers to make grouchy business people enjoy their vacations.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': There are only a few people on earth who notice that an alien invader and his battle robot are attempting to infiltrate the planet, and only [[TheCassandra one]] who cares. Good thing the Invader's so bad at his job.
* The citizens of Ponyville, the home of the titular Mane Six in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', are jaded to the idea of danger to the point they'd let the Mane Six deal with the problem while going more or less on with their lives. Granted, it's partially a given since they live at the edge of the [[EldritchLocation Everfree Forest]], but having been attacked and nearly destroyed by wild creatures, mad gods, and powerful magical forces (some of which were the [[NiceJobBreakingItHero end result of the Mane Six's own actions]]) dozens of times over the course of slightly more than ''a year'' InUniverse, the reality of a monster attack is actually less distressing than ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E9SliceOfLife a rushed wedding]]''.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' revolves around [[ConspiracyTheorist Ronaldo]] trying to make the citizens of his hometown actually care that they were attacked every other week by alien monsters that only the [[AlienAmongUs Gems]] can fight. Even when it becomes apparent that the monsters are only attacking the town because they're looking for the aforementioned Gems, the strongest response he gets is [[ArmorPiercingQuestion "but what do you expect us to DO about it?"]].
* The Pupununu tribe from ''WesternAnimation/TakAndThePowerOfJuju'' really enjoy abusing Tak for no reason, as Tak is seen an annoyance to them in the village.
* The ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' tv series are extermely annoyed by Flint and Sam to the point they want to inflect ColdBloodedTorture on both of them.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* There's actually far more Truth in this Trope than you might think. Contrary to the "we don't want to create a panic" cliche, most people tend to under-react to warnings of danger. Freezing is a far more common response than panic.
** Living creatures in general tend to fit this trope. Unless it impacts the individual or their family members and friends directly, most tend to ignore or else reluctantly react towards whatever is going on. And this fits more than just humans, animals can react apathetic to an individual's plight too. Humans ganging up on one member of their species in order to capture/kill them? Well as long as the ones on the sidelines can get away then there's nothing to worry about.
* There's a proverb in Chinese language which is translated roughly as ''Only a madman celebrates the change of dynasty'', implying that no matter who is in the power, the situation won't change anyhow. The tyrants stay in power and the poor keep being oppressed.
* Towards the end of the [[UsefulNotes/ThreeKingdomsShuWeiWu Three Kingdoms]], the state of Wei (one of the titular Three Kingdoms) finally conquered the rival state of Shu in 264. This left only the state of Wu left. However, the political situation in Wu was extremely volatile, with the Wu imperial court descending into a DeadlyDecadentCourt. The Wu Emperor Sun Hao was also the worst tyrant of the Three Kingdoms, and when an invasion was launched most of Wu's military forces and civilians couldn't even be bothered to try to defend the state. The invasion went so well that the commanders actually had to halt some of their forces so everyone could catch up.
* Editor Maxwell Perkins once showed up at a literary party with the aim of proving that no one ever listened to each other at said parties. This he accomplished by, upon meeting the hostess, saying, "Sorry I'm late, it took longer than expected to strangle my aunt." The hostess' answer? "Oh, of course. So nice of you to come."
** A similar, probably apocryphal, story is told of Franklin D. Roosevelt, said to have started telling dignitaries in a receiving line "I strangled my grandmother this morning." In some versions of the tale, a particularly astute British diplomat responds, "I'm sure she had it coming, Mr. President."
* The case of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Kitty_Genovese Kitty Genovese]], who was raped and stabbed to death near her home in Queens, New York in 1964, is usually cited as an example of this. The media reported that thirty-eight witnesses saw the crime, but nobody called the police. As is often the case, the truth is much more complicated (the event is discussed in detail [[http://www.wnyc.org/story/131359-the-witnesses-that-didnt/ here]]). Nevertheless, it inspired the investigation of the phenomenon, called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bystander_effect bystander effect]].
** It's the same reason that people with crutches have a more difficult time getting help in crowded cities than in less populated areas. People just think that someone else will help them if they don't. A similar effect can be noticed with hitchhikers since the more cars, the less chance of getting a lift. People don't feel bad about leaving you there if they think someone else will pick you up. If there's only one car on the road they figure what the hell and give you a lift.
* Eliot Aronson, an eminent psychologist cites another, lesser-known case of a woman called Eleanor Bradley in his book ''The Social Animal'' after mentioning Genovese. Bradley, while shopping on the Fifth Avenue, fell and broke her leg; she lay on the street for forty minutes, and people just passed her by until somebody finally helped. Aronson suggests that an important factor in this case was that people were able to leave the situation. He cites an experiment where someone pretended to faint in a subway car; he received help in 95% of the cases.
* In one of his routines, Australian comedian Adam Hills described being caught in a delay on the London Underground: Several tubes had to be stopped for at least three quarters of an hour, due to a possible bomb scare. not long after the 2005 bombings. The commuters' reactions? Mild annoyance at the delay.
-->'''Adam Hills:''' England is the only country that attempts to fight the war on terror using ''boredom''.
** Irish comedian Creator/DaraOBriain tells a similar joke in regards to both the July London Bombings and the London Olympics:
-->'''Dara O'Briain:''' The city reacted in a phenomenally London way; The entire place went ''Oh my God, there's a bomb on the Piccadilly Line'' [pause] ''well, I can get the Victoria line''... The two things happened one day after the other; the announcement of the Olympics and then the bombs going off; the 6th and the 7th and the reaction, essentially, from Londoners was the same: an incredible piece of news, but how am I supposed to get home!
** Of course, this sort of thing was a pretty regular occurrence until relatively recently courtesy of UsefulNotes/TheTroubles, so the novelty has probably worn off for most people born before 1990 or so. Also it's [[StiffUpperLIp Britain]].
* Similarly, Israel is sometimes referred to as the only country in the world, where a group of young men with machine guns can walk into a bank and they're expected to wait in line. Subverted, in that they have to be uniformed soldiers (due to universal conscription there's quite a few of them running about the place).
** Israel has its occasional inversions of this trope. Upon seeing a situation that can be resolved with application of overwhelming force (such as say, a terrorist attack involving something other than a suicide bomber), off duty soldiers that just so happened to be in the area have been known to intervene with lethal efficiency.
** Not as true today. Certain high security areas such as the airport are a no gun zone for people other than the security personnel. Movie theaters prohibit entry with rifles. Alcohol serving locations typically prohibit entry with any weapon. Also, handgun licenses are in a steady decline as they are not renewed except for people with valid reasons. This doesn't make Israel a gun free zone, but it is a far cry from even 20 years ago,
* Colonel David Hackworth mentions in his autobiography ''About Face'' that a newspaper in the US deliberately printed the same front page article on the Korean War three days in a row. If anyone noticed, no-one bothered to write in and complain.
** One newspaper accidentally ran the same horoscopes every day for over a month before anyone noticed. (The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnum_effect Barnum Effect]] could also be a factor in this case.)
* During periods of history before the advent of the fire department, it was often said that if one so happened to be a victim of a crime in need of aid, the best course of action would not be yelling the likes of Help!, Assault!, Rape! or whatnot, but instead shout out Fire!. People could be very apathetic when it comes to the plight of others, but fire has the added chance of spreading and doing damage to someone else, making it more likely that people would come to your aid, and end up intervening because they've already spent the effort to make their way over.
** Well, as the Smothers Brothers said - "No one is going to come save you if you scream 'Chocolate!'"
** Books on self-defense for women still advised them to yell "Fire!" in the 1960s.
** This is also why "shouting fire in a crowded theater" was long considered the stupidest and most insensitive prank a person could play.
* This is sadly common in child abuse cases. Many times, a neighbor or even a relative, sometimes more than one, will report knowing that the abuse was happening and say they actually ''wanted'' to do something. This is after the child is dead.
** Creator/StephenKing invoked this early on in ''{{Literature/Carrie}}''.
* Evidently, there were some RealLife ApatheticCitizens in Poland in World War II, and they were swayed to help quarter Russian or German soldiers via a FalseFlagOperation or two. (Nobody truly admits to doing this, and these could simply be cases of accusing the ''other side'' of doing it when they say their village was attacked.)
* Photographers and journalists for the Associated Press have to deal with this dilemma for all their careers. A natural disaster just occurred. People are trapped under rubble and will die in minutes if it isn't cleared away. Do you do your ''job'' of recording pictures and footage of the disaster and the victim's plight, or do you do what is right and help them out?
** In a strange twist, some photographers have actually faced backlash for 'just doing their job' as was the case with Kevin Carter and his photo of a young girl being stalked by a vulture. After the photo received widespread acclaim, he received a lot of criticism for not intervening and helping the girl, criticism which appeared to haunt him until he took his own life.
** The film crew of the show ''Series/{{Cops}}'' deals with this frequently. On at least a few occasions, they've taken their impartial stance and threw it by the wayside to help, such as assisting a cop performing CPR.
* Derren Brown once hypnotised someone to "assassinate" Stephen Fry. The gun had blanks, and Fry had a blood pack, but the audience Fry was giving a lecture to were completely unaware. When the assassin stood up and emptied a clip "into him", the audience reacted no more than if the power had gone out. They simply stayed in their seats and murmured to each other whilst Fry was dragged offstage.
** Though one has to wonder if there wasn't [[AllPartOfTheShow another trope]] at work here, and whether they would have reacted differently if someone other than a famous actor had been the supposed victim.
* Cities with high crime rates tend to have this trope in full force. If a person is lying in the gutter dying from their wounds inflicted from a violent crime, most people ignore the person and keep walking because they fear trying to help the dying victim will get them into trouble from the same person/group of people who tried to kill the victim.
* Also sad is the fact that [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished saving someone can actually be harmful to you]]. Some people actually used DecoyDamsel tactic to lure some would be helper and then attack them. This has stopped many people from even getting help from police and hospital since being a crime witness or saddled with hospital fee (if the victim didn't have insurance) of someone you don't even know is not a very fun thing to do for most people.
* In most places within the United States, there's a law called the Good Samaritan law that protects any civilian from liability should they try to assist a person who is hurt or is in grave danger and wind up hurting them in the process. In some places, the Good Samaritan law does not exist, which means if you try to pull someone out from a burning car, for example, and you injure them (or worsen their injuries), the victim can attempt to sue you for worsening their situation. Because of this, people that ''would'' have helped someone who was in trouble now don't ''want'' to help just to avoid being taken to court.
* Sadly, much like the United States example above, many people in China are unwilling to help others in life-or-death situations, thanks to such actions being discouraged by the country's [[http://knowledgenuts.com/2013/07/23/chinas-tragic-good-samaritan-laws/ lack of Good Samaritan laws]]. Previously, there have been incidents in China where "Good Samaritans" who helped people injured in accidents were accused of having injured the victim themselves.
** The case of toddler Wang Yue provided a chilling example of this that sparked sheer outrage: she had wandered from home and was infamously run over ''twice'' in a Chinese street -- and ignored by at least 18 citizens who continued to walk past as if nothing happened -- before somebody finally stopped to help. The entire event was caught by a surveillance camera and, for those of you who end up looking it up, be warned it is extremely graphic.
** Sometimes the authorities in China will arrest someone for simply calling for an ambulance for someone who's been hurt by another person. Because some how that means they're the one who hurt them.
* [[http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Weekend/dying-homeless-man-stopped-mugging-sidewalk/story?id=10471047 Happened in 2010 in New York.]] The worst part was that the man died [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished because he had stopped a mugger from attacking a woman]], which gave her a chance to flee. Over 20 people passed by his bloody body without doing anything. Except for the one guy who [[JerkAss took a picture and left.]]
* The example in ''Anime/PsychoPass'' above may very well have been based on a [[http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=477835 real incident that occurred in Osaka in 2012 when a madman stabbed two people to death on a busy street]]. One of the victims was a music producer from Creator/{{Nitroplus}}, which is also the same company that [[Creator/GenUrobuchi Psycho-Pass's writer]] works for.
* A fire alarm going off in a public building, like a school or a hotel, is often met with mild agitation and a very slow meander out of the danger zone, and even that's usually after a few minutes of chatting up the people around you to confirm why the alarm is going off. This is likely a result of either a lack of preparedness (most people don't have a fire plan for any building that's not their own home) or desensitization from fire drills at school or work.
** Or because they assumed it was an unannounced drill.
** The effect actually can be had from any alarm that tends to [[CryingWolf go off too frequently for other, non-drill causes]] and in some areas there is an effort to actively avert this by improving the accuracy when it comes to sounding the alarm.
* For the first few months following "Operation: Iraqi Freedom," whenever an Allied aircraft dropped a bomb, everyone in Baghdad ran for cover, and thanked their maker that they hadn't been blown to smithereens. Eventually, the concussive blasts were thought of as if they were lightning strikes, it happened and the people went about their way. If they were away from home, they checked if the dust cloud was rising from their neighborhood, if it wasn't, they ignored it, and continued to do what they were doing.
* The invention of Israel's "Iron Dome" system has resulted in this for a lot of people among the Israeli populace. As it's an interception system for the rockets that are often fired from the neighboring Gaza Strip, and it has a very high success rate, many people react to the warning sirens of incoming rockets with a great deal of calm. This is in direct contrast to the actual military, who proceed to scramble jets to level the area that the rocket came from.