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Designated Acceptable Targets
A work portray a group as being an Acceptable Target: If Bob is a member of this group, this is portrayed as automatically making him evil, a Straw Loser, and/or similar.

Tropes that are, or often work as, subtropes of this, include:

Individual examples that discuss designating groups as targets:

Comic Books
  • In Sin City, Marv designates hitmen in this way: "I love hitmen. No matter what you do to them you don't feel bad."

Web Original
  • The Inside Scoop episode Ban Left Marriage is all about arguing for why left-handed people should be designated as an acceptable target group. (The whole thing is a satire about homophobia.)

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