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