->''"Some of the papers ran slanderous stories saying the nuns cohabited with the marchers, and I made a bad joke about how I'd come down to get a little of that action, and Creator/HarryBelafonte grabbed me by the throat. He was not amused."''
-->-- '''Alan King''' on why you should rethink inviting a stand-up comic to your [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement civil rights march]]

This is Unacceptable Targets; the [[OppositeTropes flip side]] of AcceptableTargets, things that simply are not done. Doing so may result in anything from [[DudeNotFunny "Dude, Not Funny"]] to the entire audience staring at you in [[StunnedSilence shocked silence]] [[{{Beat}} for a split second before]] [[DisproportionateRetribution breaking out the]] TorchesAndPitchforks. Comedians and critics that gladly cross all the lines will still stop at this one, no matter how bold they are. In short, some things are just unacceptable.

A BlackComedy will demonstrate its [[{{Jerkass}} meanness]] (depending on the writers behind it) by [[KickTheDog mocking these mercilessly]]; this can cause the cancellation of particular episodes considered too offensive or tasteless. If Unacceptable Targets is somehow made funny, it almost always belongs to the CrossesTheLineTwice category. Not to say that there is no such thing as AffectionateParody. Humor can be constructed in a way that reveres and respects its targets or makes them appear all the more awesome. Still, comedy is a difficult business and sometimes even jokes meant to be respectful can be misinterpreted. As a result, it can sometimes be better to simply not try.

It should be noted that for some (but not all) Unacceptable Targets, it's sometimes considered okay to use them as a vehicle for a joke, as long as the joke is not at their expense. Even so, a comedian will get attacked if the joke is perceived as too mean. (For example, a joke about how Warner Bros. mistreats ''Watchmen'' {below} is okay; a joke about the comic itself is not.)

SacredCow is a SubTrope to this. Contrast with AcceptableTargets. Compare with EvenEvilHasStandards, JesusWasWayCool, HundredPercentAdorationRating, TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong, and TooSoon. Some situations can result in heavy UnfortunateImplications, {{Double Standard}}s, PositiveDiscrimination, and ValuesDissonance in which TheRival or the counterpart of the Unacceptable Target can become an AcceptableTarget.

Can sometimes be difficult to separate from OnceAcceptableTargets in cases where the subjects in question were mocked at one time by one people in the dark annals of history. Perhaps a good rule of thumb to distinguish between the two is ''"Oh, you're mocking the Once Acceptable Target? [[ValuesDissonance How behind-the-times you are.]] [[HypocriticalHumor I will laugh derisively at you.]]"'' vs. ''"You're mocking the Unacceptable Target? [[YouMonster YOU MONSTER]]!!!"''


[[folder:People in general]]
!!'''The deceased in general'''

See Also: NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead

It is typically not a good idea to [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing rejoice at a person's death]] or [[SpeakIllOfTheDead make fun of a deceased person]]. This is more so if the person died tragically and/or [[TooSoon recently]]. Even if they were formerly an AcceptableTarget, it's best not to say "[[AssholeVictim They deserved it!]]" or such. While there may be some exceptions, such as those who died via the [[MoralEventHorizon death penalty]], SuicideByCop, [[TooDumbToLive by sheer stupidity]] (see the Website/DarwinAwards, most of the victims on ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'', etc.), other similar causes, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler.

* In ''VideoGame/{{NetHack}}'', Izchak, the keeper of the lighting shop in Minetown, is ''never'' killed, even by the most hardcore mass-genocidal players. He's named after a member of the devteam who died of [[TheTopicOfCancer cancer]], and killing him is considered to be ''very'' bad form.
* Averted in ''WebAnimation/YouTubePoop'' as Creator/BillyMays is one of the most popular sources, perhaps because many poops are made in his honor and a number of poopers stopped creating Creator/BillyMays [=YTPs=] after he died.
* Also averted with Ghost's [[CoolOldLady granny]] in ''[[Radio/TrueCapitalist True Capitalist Radio]]'', who's as much of a [[TheChewToy chew toy]] as her grandson. The fact that she's dead is all the more reason for {{Troll}}s to make fun of her as a means of triggering one of Ghost's many {{Berserk Button}}s.
* {{Averted}} by the editorial comics on ''Website/TheOnion'' website. Recently deceased celebrities including Creator/GeorgeCarlin, Music/JamesBrown, and even LucianoPavarotti are depicted in the editorial comic as burning in Hell. Given Carlin's willingness to cross all kinds of lines in his own work, he might have even laughed at that.
** Considering that the comics are actually a StealthParody of right-wing political cartoonists, it can be argued that they are targeting and mocking Carlin and Brown's [[TheFundamentalist socially conservative critics]] rather than the celebrities themselves.
* One of ''Website/{{Cracked}}''[='s=] [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-reasons-no-one-laughed-at-your-joke_p2/ reasons no one laughed at your joke]] is "It Was About Something They Won't Laugh About, Ever". Examples include "the death of a child, or genocide".

* In the infamous "Eulogy Song" from ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'', Andrew is cut off by the rest of the team before he can start a verse about Belinda Emmett, an Australian actress who died of breast cancer and had never done anything to warrant anger or ire.
** The show survived even after the hosts infamously infiltrated an APEC conference. It did not survive the backlash of mocking the Make A Wish Foundation.

* Wrestling/OwenHart and Wrestling/EddieGuerrero are both beloved by WWE fans; if anything relating to them is brought up, the fans will cheer. Even more so with Owen, as WWE exploited Eddie in the months after his death but Owen was left alone for the most part.
* Subverted by Wrestling/ChrisBenoit. As the above example states, wrestlers like Owen Hart, and Eddie Guerrero are looked upon as Unacceptable Targets, but due to the nature of Chris Benoit's transgressions immediately before his passing, it is a very rare example in the Pro Wrestling community to pretty much declare him fair game for all manner of off-color jokes, downright insults, open mocking, and a hearty handful of "See you in Hell's." If wrestlers like the late Eddie Guerrero are considered the holy angel of all that is untouchable, Chris Benoit is often looked as the exact opposite; The demonic anti-Christ with an "open season" sign around the gravestone. All the more surprising and ironic, today, when considering in life, they were incredibly close friends. Even more ironic when you remember that Guerrero's character spent quite a bit of time as a heel while Benoit was almost never a heel, and also that the real-life Guerrero struggled with drug addiction while the real-life Benoit mostly stayed clean. The difference being that Eddie's death was the cumulative result of years of addiction and not double-murder-suicide. Of course, the WWE's understandable, if ham-fisted, attempts to pretend Benoit never existed may have made references to him that much more tempting to those chanters in the audience who want to mess up a show. However, it is played straight with Nancy and Daniel Benoit.
** There's an Irish wrestler called B-Cool who has done a spot in matches where he will suddenly scream "oh my God, it's Chris Benoit!" and start singing Benoit's music before climbing to the top rope and delivering a diving headbutt. Did we mention this is done at '''family''' shows?

[[AC: Magazines]]
* ''Private Eye'' magazine has repeatedly displayed a rather stunning aversion to this trope, mocking Music/MichaelJackson as a "mad paedophile" in the issue following his death, taking the mickey out of Diana, mocking members of that bobsleigh team that were killed at the Olympics, and satirizing the 9/11 attacks. Sometimes this is ''awesome'', such as an early classic marking the death of apartheid South Africa's prime minister in September 1966. "Verwoerd: A nation mourns" showed a picture of Zulu tribesmen dancing. Sometimes it is less so, and their particularly tasteless ones usually elicit a flood of complaints in the letters section (the magazine crowed a little about their response to 9/11, for instance... but in the 2001 ''Private Eye'' annual, their take on the World Trade Center is conspicuously absent). A particularly interesting example was their Diana cover; it received huge criticism, but it wasn't about the princess at all but about the ''reaction'' to her death. Hislop would later say that the magazine had said "This is an odd cultural phenomenon, let's talk about it" and the public replied "We don't want to talk about it, we want to throw flowers and buy ''Candle in the Wind''".

* The circumstances of the death of the person in question is certainly a major factor. It's never OK to say something negative about a person who died of natural causes, but it's considered nowhere near as tasteless as criticizing a person who was DrivenToSuicide or killed in a manmade or natural disaster or accident.
* Generally, homicide victims are more mourned than suicide victims. But this is not always the case. Most notably it was completely inverted in 2012, in which the two most prominent deaths of ordinary teenagers were Travyon Martin in February and Amanda Todd in October. Although Martin was a homicide victim and Todd a suicide victim, Todd was painted a completely sympathetic figure whereas Martin's public image was more divisive. This is because while the latter was a bullying victim who was DrivenToSuicide, many people, even though they do mourn for the former as well, believe that his death was an accident by a neighborhood watchman trying to stop a small robbery.
* The younger the person was when they died, the more "untouchable" their public image is. This is why the Sandy Hook shooting resonated with Americans more than any other in the 21st century (as twenty of its victims were first graders).
* If the individual in question was well-known enough and was generally respected, mocking any assassinated leader or murdered celebrity is considered ''very'' tasteless. Examples: UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln, UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy, Robert Kennedy, UsefulNotes/MartinLutherKingJr, [[UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi Mohandas Gandhi]], Anwar Sadat, Music/JohnLennon, Itzhak Rabin, Music/TupacShakur, Music/TheNotoriousBIG. (Oh, and Princess Diana...although she wasn't exactly assassinated. And Nelson Mandela.) That said, it's generally acceptable to mock some of the ''circumstances'' around how they died — for example, Lincoln saying "Ugh, somebody shoot me" in regard to how boring the play was will get laughs.
** This depends a lot on a person’s political affiliation. While many of these are despised by people with, um, [[ValuesDissonance troublesome]] views, Rabin is often criticised on both ends of the political spectrum in Israel: right-wingers think the Oslo treaties were a horrible idea because Arafat and/or the Palestinians in general were not a trustworthy partner and leftists criticise him for [[HeelFaceDoorSlam everything he did before he started the talks]] and for being [[NotSoDifferent an untrustworthy partner himself]], and criticism of his policies is becoming gradually (though very slowly) more prevalent.
* When UsefulNotes/RichardNixon died, it temporarily became acceptable only to remember positive aspects of his presidency such as opening relations with RedChina. This lasted until some previously unreleased Watergate tapes were discovered, which revealed him to be an ''even bigger'' racist JerkAss than he had been presented as during the investigation - as well as a hypocrite who said he'd tolerate abortion in the case of mixed-race babies being born.
* Despite being basically a walking punchline before his death, for about six months after Music/MichaelJackson died it was considered ''extremely'' poor taste to bring up his bizarre appearance or pedophilia charges (most people instead choosing to focus on his 1980s and early '90s stardom, and/or considering the complex circumstances of the pedophilia allegations/charges more objectively than the media had reported them at the time), to the point that some videos poking fun at Michael got a ton of hate mail, despite those videos being made ''before'' he died, with little to no objections at the time. This has died down a bit, but even today people tend to walk on eggshells when making Michael Jackson jokes, for fear of reprisal from rabid fans.
* Subverted in the case of Jimmy Savile in England. When he died, he was much respected -- particularly for his charity work -- until allegations of child molestation and rape emerged about a year later. With possibly ''hundreds'' of victims to his name, he's become the best-known real life example of a DepravedKidsShowHost; much of ''Series/TopOfThePops''' run and all of the shows he hosted solo have been rendered [[MissingEpisode unairable]].
** Played straight as well, sort of: During his life there were loads of jokes about him being vaguely creepy. You can't make jokes along those lines now, not out of respect to the dead, but because it would be shockingly tactless to his victims.
* Anytime the Westboro Baptist Church pickets a funeral, the subjects of their protest become this (excluding the Sandy Hook shooting as they were already this even before the protests began). Fred Phelps after he died in 2014 is a subversion.
* If you live in UsefulNotes/{{Brazil}}, never mock Ayrton Senna or you will be seen as a monster.
* Once UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher died, plenty of people who felt screwed over by her government started rejoicing, and the press [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2307104/Margaret-Thatcher-death-party-This-lack-respect-dead-disturbing-new-low.html reacted]] [[http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/apr/08/margaret-thatcher-death-etiquette in disgust]]. (The latter article even compares this attitude to their obituary of much more controversial Hugo Chavez: "To the millions who revered him – a third of the country, according to some polls – a messiah has fallen, and their grief will be visceral. To the millions who detested him as a thug and charlatan, [[SpeakIllOfTheDead it will be occasion to bid, vocally or discreetly, good riddance."]])
** On the week of Thatcher's death, the song "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead" from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' sky-rocketed to the top of the pop-charts in Britain. A campaign to get a pro-Thatcher indie song from the early '80s to the top didn't work out nearly as well.

!!'''Survivors of a tragedy'''

See Also: ShellShockedVeteran

While they didn't exactly die, the above also applies to survivors of a horrific tragedy, perhaps even moreso as they're alive to at least do something about the mockery. Considering that they saw many lives die first-hand (including perhaps their friends and family), they won't take it lightly to say the least.

* While Ghost from ''[[Radio/TrueCapitalist True Capitalist Radio]]'' has disrespected or made fun of almost everything else listed on this page, he ''[[BerserkButton does not take kindly]]'' to [[{{Troll}} his listener base]] making fun of the most recent tragedies around the world. He's even less happy about them poking fun of war veterans, especially when it comes to the Vietnam War and his own experiences there.
** He makes exceptions to this from time to time. For example, he was very critical towards United States sending aid to Haiti during the January 2010 Haitian earthquake and Puerto Rico during the 2017 Hurricane Maria, believing that people in neither countries weren't suffering at all and in Puerto Rico's case going as far as to claim that [[ConspiracyTheorist this was all part of a secret plot for a communist takeover in the island]].
* Such examples include totalitarian dictators with cults of personality and enduring popularity (chiefly UsefulNotes/JosefStalin and UsefulNotes/MaoZedong), the victims of said popular dictators (including the UsefulNotes/{{Holocaust}}), victims of mass shootings such as Sandy Hook or Columbine, and survivors of terrorist attacks such as 9/11.
** Taken UpToEleven in Germany and Austria since the 1980s by making this the law; the Nazi party is banned, the NoSwastikas rule is law, and Holocaust denial is illegal.
* Pretty much any war veteran.
** When comedian Johnny Walker found out that a fellow comedian had lied about serving in Vietnam, he turned the man into an AcceptableTarget in his own routines for the remainder of their two weeks playing comedy clubs (as part of a group). You do ''not'' tell Vietnam jokes and pretend you were there. You just don't.
* This can also include people who suffered through a natural disaster, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, Typhoon Haiyan, the Haiti earthquake, and the Japan earthquake/tsunami.
* For more than four hundred years, a lot of ''Literature/DonQuixote'' fans had hated Alfonso Fernández de Avellaneda, a writer who published a ContinuationFic to the First part of ''Don Quixote''. In the prologue, Avellaneda described Cervantes as a man without friends, and then he wrote: ''He has more tongue that hands''. Cervantes was a ShellShockedVeteran of the UsefulNotes/BattleOfLepanto, where he was wounded in his left arm. Cervantes is also known as [[RedBaron The Cripple of Lepanto]].
* After the Boston Marathon Bombings of 2013, the city of Boston adopted the slogan "Boston Strong" to demonstrate the city's resolve in the face of adversity, especially those who had either died (including an ''8 year old boy'') or survived it with horrible injuries. So on two occasions when fans of rival sports teams created banners and shirts reading "[[http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/extras/bruins_blog/2013/05/toronto_stronge.html Toronto Stronger]]" and "[[http://www.boston.com/news/source/2013/06/chicago_stronger_t-shirts_now_for_sale.html Chicago Stronger]]", Bostonians were ''not amused''.

!!'''People who have gone into space'''

Space travel is dangerous, and the requirements to make a career out of going up into space are [[IncrediblyLamePun astronomical]]. You have to be in peak physical condition, possess high intellect, endure months of specialized training, and the potential for disasters during any launch, mission, etc. can strike in the blink of an eye. The sacrifices throughout the years of astronauts, regardless of their nationality is nothing to take lightly. Much like the aforementioned case with the shell-shocked seniors, modern astronauts are around to provide a counterpoint to the mockery, and in some cases will not deal with it for very long.

* In ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'', the Void Engineers, the astronauts and astronomers of the enemy Technocracy faction, are shown as the least evil and most heroic part of the Technocracy. Source material describes failures faced by real-world space programs as attempts by the rest of the Technocracy to punish them for sharing rocket technology with mundanes.

* Used in-universe in ''[[WebComic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja Dr McNinja]]'', with "Nasaghasts" that ruthlessly hunt down and destroy anyone who threatens or tries to harm an astronaut. Doesn't matter why you do it; if you do something mean to an astronaut, you're going down.
** Nasaghasts aside, astronauts in universe [[HundredPercentAdorationRating are loved by]] ''[[HundredPercentAdorationRating everyone]]'', and they can say and do anything they want and people will act as if God himself spoke true. [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/30p15/ Chuck ate a sandwich and declared it was the best sandwich ever]]. The restaurant became a sensation immediately. No one wants to run against Chuck as Mayor.

* Website/TheOnion's [[http://www.theonion.com/video/congress-forgets-how-to-pass-a-law,18979/ "Congress Forgets How To Pass A Law"]] video combines this with the above: the one law that even an infamously-divided modern Congress can agree to pass is one authorizing the creation of a memorial statue to the ''Challenger'' astronauts. Unfortunately, the title scenario arises...

* Moon landing conspiracy theorists have fallen to the bottom of the conspiracy theory hierarchy in recent years, making the holdouts appear even more detached than the norm. One such theorist, Bart Sibrel, approached Buzz Aldrin and broached the subject. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wcrkxOgzhU Buzz... respectfully disagreed with his opinion]]. By which we mean "[[MomentOfAwesome punched the conspirator in the face]]." Mr. Sibrel tried to press charges and the judge dismissed the case after seeing the video, ruling it was self defense, and taking into account that Sibrel wasn't actually injured (just bruised and publically humiliated).

!!'''Military Servicemen and Servicewomen'''

Watch what you say about the military, especially around loved ones of soldiers and Marines who've died while serving. This is also a specific version of the deceased in general and survivors of a tragedy, considering that it is very likely that they will see people die first hand, not to mention they may even get severely injured or even lose their lives serving. Note that this one is NewerThanTheyThink: as recently as the Vietnam War it was considered acceptable in some anti-war circles to heap abuse on returning veterans.

* Addressed and ultimately deconstructed in ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'', where a soldier essentially throws an extremely petty hissy fit at Bojack (who admitely escalated the situation) and society sides with him and acts outraged on his behalf. Its shown that being part of the military most definitely does not make one above morally untoucheable.

* See [[Literature/DonQuixote Cervantes]]' case at '''Survivors of a tragedy'''
* See the Westboro Baptist Church example above. Most of their funeral protests are for servicemembers killed in action, [[ShootTheMessenger earning them the ire of even those that might otherwise agree with their point]].
* With a male-exclusive conscription system in Singapore, one girl was under a cyber attack after mocking the death of a serviceman. She took back her words soon, though.

!!'''Humanitarian activists, professions and/or anyone who puts their life in jeopardy to help others'''

Keep in Mind, it takes [[MomentOfAwesome guts]] for someone to put themselves at risk, and even a [[FearlessFool foolish one]] deserves some respect if the goal is to protect someone else. The same goes for humanitarian organizations like Amnesty International, the Red Cross, Unicef, Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund, Human Rights Watch, ... as well as internationally respected humanitarian activists like UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi, Nelson Mandela, Cesar Chavez, Oskar Schindler, Bob Geldof, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, Albert Schweitzer, Desmond Tutu, UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev, the 14th Dalai Lama,... Cynical people tend to dismiss their actions as ''square'' or ''they only do it to get attention'', but the truth of the matter is that they at least try to do something right, spend a lot of time and energy doing so and lead far more admirable lives than most of us.

* There's something astonishing about the fact that Nelson Mandela has dedicated most of his adult life to get South Africa rid of a racist and unfair political system, spent 27 years of his life in jail for his ideals and was already more than 70 years old when he was finally released. He accomplished his goal, even became the first black president of South Africa but didn't use his power for revenge. Instead he forgave all the people who originally looked down upon him and built a new nation where everyone of any race, gender or sexuality can live together.
* A particularly moving example is Maximilian Kolbe, a Polish priest who was sent to Auschwitz. While he was there, three prisoners escaped and so the SS enforced its standing policy of starving ten prisoners to death for each escapee. One of the thirty chosen begged to spared because of his wife and children, so Kolbe stepped forward and offered to go in his place. The SS troopers agreed. After two weeks he was the only left, albeit barely, and the SS finished him off with a lethal injection to free up the cell. The man whose life was spared not only survived the war but lived well into his nineties, forever grateful for Kolbe's noble deed.
** Not only did the man live to a ripe old age (Please note that Kolbe's sacrifice happened in August, 1941, which meant that he bought the man not just 50 or so years of life, but the honor of becoming one of the few non-Germans who could say he ''survived the entire war while working in Auschwitz''), but he lived to be present at Kolbe's canonization as a Catholic saint in 1982.
* Firefighters have to risk their lives to put out a fire, especially if someone is trapped inside.
** In the case of Chernobyl, many firefighters treated the fire of the nuclear power plant as a normal fire until they noticed they were getting sick because they weren’t informed it was Reactor Number 4. You can guess what happened next.
* While many often criticize them for [[PoliceBrutality brutality]] in some cases, trustworthy police officers put their lives on the line and are often armed for a reason.
* [=EMTs=] and paramedics fall under similar protections, and in some cases criminals who thought they were targeting police officers were horrified to discover they had accidentally attacked the [=EMTs=] who were there to help them (not helped by the fact that many EMS uniforms resemble those of police officers without close inspection). In some particularly rough areas they wear bulletproof vests with EMS clearly stamped on the front to avoid this sort of thing.
* We have an entire page about this: Heartwarming/ActsOfKindness.

!!'''Administrators and Moderators of a Community'''

On many websites and message boards, [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem the admins, moderators, and any of their friends]] are very Unacceptable Targets. [[BullyingADragon For reasons that should be obvious]]. This really depends on the admins or mods in question, but should be assumed true until shown otherwise.

* Averted on the large Website/SomethingAwful forums; the mods are just as likely to be made fun of as anyone else is. Part of the mod selection process involves seeing how well the prospective mod takes being ridiculed.
* Website/StarDestroyerDotNet makes a specific distinction in the rules between insulting a moderator in a debate (acceptable, the debates are ''vicious'') and insulting a moderator in his official capacity as moderator (unacceptable).
* On the Webcomic/NuzlockeComics Forum, so long as you don't openly attack the mods, you can passive-aggressively disagree with them as much as you like (in fact, mods trying to fight back against such actions will find themselves being smacked down by ''other mods''). Saying something bad about ''Nuzlocke'' however is '''heresy''', and even the people that normally butt heads with the mods will chase you out with torches and pitchforks.

!!'''Lèse majesté'''

In many countries that have royalty, insulting the king, queen, or their family is forbidden by law. In some of these, most people won't actually care much, and you'll get you a fine at most if the authorities notice — but in other countries, such as Morocco and Thailand, doing so will also get the population upset with you, and can end you up in prison for several years. Rarely seen in English-language media because in the UK ''lèse majesté'' rivals [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball Footy]] and UsefulNotes/{{Cricket}} as the national sport. And of course, insulting ''another'' nation's royalty is usually fair game (at least when you're not in front of their subjects).

* In ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'', when David realizes that he'd transformed and killed six people the night before, he tries to get himself arrested so he won't be able to rampage when the full moon rises again. His attempt consists of insults shouted in a public square:
-->"Queen Elizabeth is a man! Prince Charles is a faggot! Winston Churchill was bullshit!"

* Averted on a live episode of ''WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou''. When Nash discovered that it was illegal to insult the king of Thailand, he proceeded to say "Fuck the king of Thailand!" multiple times. This led to Tara jokingly denying being associated with him in the video, due to not wanting to be arrested by the king of Thailand (despite living in New York).


Like the above, in many countries and empires that are ruled by a dictator or emperor, saying anything bad about the leader or their family is a huge crime and doing so will definitely lead to very serious repercussions. In Imperial China for instance, even saying the Emperor's real name was a capital crime. Then again, if you're not actually ''in'' a dictatorship you're probably safe badmouthing it.

!!'''Children in General''':

When it comes to age groups, even if the adultism is present, attacks on children are often frowned upon since the capability of defending upset children (or the children defending themselves) is very limited, although it’s a mixed bag when it comes to teenagers.

[[AC:TV and Film]]
* Whenever there’s a character [[WouldHurtAChild willing to put children in harm's way]], the reactions of other characters and viewers would often be mixed but mostly ashamed of the character. Some would call said character a ChildHater, especially if the character is a {{Jerkass}}.
** Some villains, like [[Film/{{Scarface 1983}} Tony Montana]], make it clear that just because they're outlaws [[EvenEvilHasStandards doesn't mean they don't have morals]]. Even if they've [[MoralEventHorizon crossed the line]] in other actions, they'll do so [[WouldntHurtAChild just as it doesn't involve harming children]].

* Those serving time in prison for crimes against children are often targeted for attacks by other inmates, especially if it’s sexual and/or homicidal. In women's prisons in particular mothers who are there for abusing or harming their own children are consistently at the bottom of the prison pecking order.
* Children dying and/or have died of a terminal illness and/or disaster are also left alone because of what their families are going through. Children who survived could be suffering from Post-Trauma Stress; so further harm to them is uncalled for. Just ask the Westboro Baptist Church about their funeral protest following the Sandy Hook shooting, where 26 people (eight male, 18 female) died...and six of the female victims were teachers.
* If you’re going to bully a kid to the point [[DrivenToSuicide the unthinkable happens]], learn from [[http://www.today.com/news/fla-teen-cleared-cyberbullying-case-i-didnt-do-anything-wrong-2D11632710 what happened in Florida]], even if the charges are reduced or dropped altogether. One does have to give the sheriff acknowledgment, though — he knew when the lines have been crossed, even if it means exposing the identities of those responsible despite being juveniles.
* This trope [[ValuesDissonance isn't universal anywhere]] and some cultures have no problems about hurting or killing a child. This is justified in many mindsets, especially in ancient ones, when showing mercy towards a child could really backfire against the opponent, especially if the kid turns out to be a ChildSoldier, [[TheMole mole]], spy, or anything else. The best example of this is the life of UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi, who was a swordsman since he was a child and was forced to kill many kinds of opponents, including kids. Taking into account the era when he lived, this is justified.
* You've probably heard "they're just a kid!" as a common reason to dissuade people to sending child celebrities hate.

!!'''The Elderly'''

They've lived a long life and likely had [[MomentOfAwesome moments where it matters the most]]. They might have been [[RetiredBadass in the military]], so the elderly must be treated with care. Sadly, like child abuse, the abuse of the elderly also exists and someone who knows the elderly will usually take action.

Of course, targeting the elderly could backfire on you — just remember that if you abuse an old man and [[BadassGrandpa he does a number on your ass]], or abuse an old lady and [[NeverMessWithGranny she does the same]].

!!'''Persons With Disabilities'''

It's generally not a good idea to make fun of any sort of disability. If you do, expect anything from DudeNotFunny to people wanting to chew you out/kick your butt. Note, however, that persons with disabilities can and do poke fun at ''themselves'' (Josh Blue, for instance, has cerebral palsy and gets good laughs at its expense.) It's also okay to satirize negative portrayals of disability in order to show that the people who made the original piece are bigots. For example, a Autism Speaks infomercial has gotten this '''in spades.'''

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* Despite the fact that ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' makes jokes at characters in the series who have disabilities, it's generally better received because 1.The jokes generally have nothing to do with their disabilities (though it may appear that way when they are first introduced as grotesque figure with a silly voice), and 2.The only time someone makes fun of a characters disability, they're usually shown to be a {{Jerkass}}, with Cartman usually making such jokes. A popular reference is the Tourettes syndrome episode, which shows the disability very realistically, with the only exception being Eric Cartman, which is justified since he's faking it. Another example are Jimmy and Timmy who have become part of the regular cast and weren't treated as some gimmicky one-shot joke characters.
* The root cause of "Derpygate" within the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' community was due to this. Originally an in-joke by the fandom, the pony originally known as "Derpy" was often portrayed by many bronies as a CuteClumsyGirl and a good mother to her foal, Dinky, that tries her best despite her vision problems and clumsiness. In Season 2, she made an extended appearance in an episode that ended up being pretty close to that portrayal, with a boyish voice, due to the VA thinking Derpy was male. Good Ol' MoralGuardians, outraged as usual and considering this offensive to the mentally disabled, got offended on their behalf, and demanded the character be either {{UnPerson}}ed or edited to be less "Ableist". She ended up not making any appearances until Season 4 and was slient and nameless until Season 5 where she was given another different voice and a different name, "Muffins".

!!'''People who excel at school subjects'''

Many regions love mocking them to death for being out of touch with society and for having no social life at all, but in other regions insulting them for those reasons is going to get you labeled as someone who is jealous at best and anti-social at worst. This is because in those regions high notes are seen as an important value and a guarantee for later success at life.

!!'''Organ and tissue donors'''

These people have literally given up a piece of themselves so that someone else can stay alive, often someone they don’t even know. Someone like that deserves to be treated with respect and admiration. Especially when you consider that donation is not entirely risk free and can be a long and painful process for the donor. Even with non-living donors, it's just another reason to NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead. Special mention goes to regular blood donors, who might save hundreds or even thousands of people in their lifetimes.


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!!'''[[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Mister Rogers]]'''

Perhaps because of his inspiration to many people across the internet when they were kids, Fred "Mister" Rogers is given this treatment across the internet. [[BerserkButton Try to make fun of this man]] and the hive mind will ''eat you alive.'' While some people seemed to have drank Fox's kool aid and have taken to bashing him after seeing the "report" mentioned below, these people are usually ignored, or receive their comeupperance in the form of a swift ban if a moderator happens to be present.

* In the late 1980s when Burger King made an ad with a fake Rogers explaining why BK burgers were better than [=McDonald's=] burgers, the real Rogers said "You will stop that immediately!"...and they did. This was mainly because the fake Rogers looked ''too'' much like the real him, and he did not want kids to get confused. By comparison, obviously no kid is going to confuse Eddie Murphy (see below) for Rogers, and Murphy's sketch was broadcast safely out of the way of any typical child's viewing time.

* A ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' storyline involved, [[ItMakesSenseInContext after spending time picketing]] ''Series/SesameStreet'' [[ItMakesSenseInContext since everyone pickets Wall Street]], Rat winds up plugging a family-unfriendly reboot of ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'', acting his usual self (read: drinking, smoking, rattling off {{Family Unfriendly Aesop}}s). Since this is a newspaper strip, most of the backlash was limited to Letters to the Editor and the like. In the treasury "Pearls Falls Fast", author Steven Pastis reveals that "[One reader] commented, "You must be getting some serious crap over the content of this week's strips." He was correct."

* A rare aversion: Rogers liked Eddie Murphy's parody on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' of his own show ("Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood") since it was an AffectionateParody, not deliberate and malicious mockery. Apparently, Murphy caught up with Rogers and told him "You understand, we only do it because we love you."

* His role in [[Music/UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny]] may be thought of as an aversion of this. It's ''definitely'' an aversion in the animated video, where he's DrivenToSuicide. This doesn't seem to bother anyone because it's a major source of his {{Memetic Badass}}ery. [[spoiler:And TheStinger showed him still alive, although (happily) spraying blood.]]

* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' tried to dig up some dirt on Rogers, but failed because [[http://xkcd.com/767/ there wasn't any.]] And his name cannot be used as a [[http://xkcd.com/884/ porn name.]]

* His [[WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory Epic Rap Battle]] with Mr. T is another aversion, despite him swearing and threatening to kill Mr. T at the end. Nevertheless it is one of the more restrained battles the show produced. The comments on the video pretty much unanimously declare him the winner.
* Mr Rogers is one of a very very few unacceptable targets on 4chan.

* An infamous opening gag in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' featured Stewie terrorizing the Town of Happy and trying to kill Rogers; even series creator Creator/SethMacFarlane thought it wasn't funny. Even so, Stewie's rampage turns out to be a DreamWithinADream, and it's Rogers who gets [[MemeticBadass the last laugh]].

* ''[[Creator/FoxNewsChannel Fox & Friends]]'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29lmR_357rA cite a university study]] regarding Rogers and, essentially, say he ruined the children watching by giving them a sense of entitlement. All you need do is read the comments on the video for just how much hatred viewers had for the hosts by the end of it. Unfortunately, there are people who drank Fox's kool-aid, some can be seen lumping Mister Rogers and Bill Nye together and bashing both of them on Facebook when the latter's controversial new show on Netflix came out.
* There is a popular myth that when Rogers' car was stolen it was reported on the news the same day, and the next day the car was back with a note of apology and a fresh coat of wax. Impressively, even Snopes lists its veracity as "inconclusive".
* One of the reasons Westboro Baptist Church is so hated is because they're willing to attack Rogers.
* Mister Rogers and lawyers on his behalf [[https://t.co/f8DPwWw2Ue sued the Missouri Knights of the Ku Klux Klan]] when they used a facsimile of his voice to spread their racist beliefs. Notable in that this is the only time Mister Rogers [[RageBreakingPoint actually saw red, in his own words]].

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* In fact, one of the working titles for this trope was "The Mr. Rogers".

!!'''Mustafa Kemal Ataturk'''

In Turkey, it is illegal to insult the name of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who is considered to be the greatest hero of the Turkish people. In other words, this trope is backed ''by law''.


Culturally, attacking Muhammad is one of the big no-nos in Islam, like the case with Ataturk in Turkey. Even displaying an image of him is pretty taboo [[note]](some people didn't get the memo stating "political cartoon =/= idolatry" in the West)[[/note]], since it also runs into the general creed on not depicting people or even animals in some parts of Muslim faith. Notably, however, this doesn't extend to most of the Western world, which has precipitated a load of conflicts recently and usually ends up with the artist in question being threatened with a fatwa proclaiming their death (or actual arson).

* The infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jyllands-Posten_Muhammad_cartoons_controversy Danish Caricature controversy]] of 2005, which ended with several Danish embassies burning down and dozens of people dead.

* The irredeemable-even-without-the-offensive-aspects film ''Innocence of Muslims'' is basically one long attack on the entire religion of Islam with every last one of the UnfortunateImplications that would imply. One scene in particular, however, gained some Internet notoriety for depicting an unflattering caricature of Muhammad -not only was it responsible for a long string of protests throughout the Middle East, it was also initially blamed for the attacks on the American embassy in Benghazi (although later revelations showed this to be untrue).

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* On a list in which people could vote for [[http://www.thetoptens.com/greatest-people/ the greatest people of all time]] Prophet Muhammad ended up taking the #1 spot. By comparison, Jesus Christ is on the #5 spot and Mustafal Kemal Ataturk is only on #20.

* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has lampooned pretty much everyone and everything on the planet, at one point or another, including the show and the creators themselves. However they ran into issues when it came to lampooning Muhammad. Parker and Stone went for lampooning the fact that he's not an acceptable target, instead (particularly because five years before the Muhammad taboo was back in the limelight, he had been depicted with no repercussion!). Of course, the second half of their 200th episode two-parter had all mention of Muhammad's name censored by the network, along with the speeches at the end (which didn't even mention Muhammad). Creator/ComedyCentral went so far as pulling it from ever airing again — they won't even let it be streamed on the show's official website. You can find it [[http://xepisodes.com/south-park/season-14/episode-6-201/ here,]] but its being a TV rip means the bleeps are still in place. The uncensored audio leaked onto the internet in 2014.


Directly attacking or insulting Jesus Christ is considered one of the big no-nos of Christianity. That doesn't mean people refrain from doing it, and it doesn't mean there isn't an entire religion that inverts Christianity out there (there is), but it does mean that doing so is something that will also precipitate a load of conflicts in any society with a large Christian population, especially if said Christians are of TheFundamentalist persuasion or are or are influenced by MoralGuardians.

This is a large reason why CrystalDragonJesus and especially JesusWasWayCool exist: the former sidesteps (sometimes quite well, other times so sloppily as to create UnfortunateImplications) the idea of a direct attack on Jesus by creating a Jesus {{expy}} to be attacked. The latter exists as an attempt to separate Jesus from either the perceived view of Christianity and/or from religion itself.

!!'''[[UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} Buddha]]'''

The trifecta of holy figure no-nos, while badmouthing Buddha will at most get you dirty looks from Buddhist practitioners, some countries do '''not''' allow for one to mess around with their deities. This is what got the game ''Fight of Gods'' banned in Thailand, shortly after Malaysia banned it for the appearance of both Jesus and Buddha (and the fact that people were calling the developers to add Muhammad to the game).

* In the controversial ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "[[Recap/SouthParkS14E6TwoHundredOne 201]]", the scene where Buddha is depicted snorting cocaine alongside Jesus looking at pornography, parodying the {{double standard}}s of which religious figures are and aren't okay to show, ironically got the episode and the entire series banned in UsefulNotes/SriLanka.


Like Mister Rogers, he has inspired many to love science and critical thinking. Go on, try to call him a fraud for debunking conspiracy theories on YouTube. However, his immunity eroded to some people when his latest show, ''Series/BillNyeSavesTheWorld'', hit Netflix, which caused numerous groups to denounce him for his scientific claims [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment (with varying levels of scientific basis for their own)]]. Nowadays, it's not uncommon to see huge battles on his Facebook pages between his fans and these groups.

!!'''The Emperor and the Imperial Family of Japan'''

See Also: HeWhoMustNotBeSeen

The Japanese Imperial Family deserves a special mention here, compared with the ''Lèse majesté'' crimes mentioned above. Japanese media (and the Japanese themselves) don't have any qualms about making fun or name-dropping any historical figure, including Prime Ministers, for the sake of it. On the other hand the Emperor and his family (and even fictional versions of him and his position) are off-limits in any way. Mentioning him in non-historical, non-educative and non-informative backgrounds is considered one of the biggest taboos in Japan, not to mention even making fun of him.

This is the reason why in many historical Japanese media he's excluded from being mentioned, even when he should be historically relevant for the plot. Normally he's replaced by another authority figure instead, like a Prime Minister or, when dealing with the Sengoku Era, with any daimyo or shogun.

* This is pretty egregious in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', since, despise the whole setting of the story is due ''thanks to an Emperor'' (the Meiji one, especially) and Kenshin was fighting (technically) for his sake, he's never mentioned anywhere, while the Tokugawas, the ones whose Kenshin was fighting against them when he was the Battousai, are mentioned instead.

* This is the reason why the episode "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo" from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' was banned in Japan, as the Emperor not only appears in the episode, but is mocked.

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* Dignitaries from many countries attended the state funeral of Emperoro Hirohito, Japan's wartime emperor, on February 24th 1989. Queen Elizabeth II of Britain made a diplomatic excuse as to why she could not attend, and deliberately sent her husband Prince Philip to represent Britain. Philip is known for his controversial remarks and non-politically-correct attitudes. He is also a veteran of [=WW2=] and is president of many ex-servicemens' associations, including one for survivors of Japanese prison camps. When the coffin of the Emperor passed the foreign dignitaries and many were bowing so far they were prostrating themselves, Philip very deliberately made the barest, most absolutely minimal, inclination of the head that could have been taken for a formal bow of respect. [[note]]his opinion that Hirohito was as much of a war criminal as many other Japanese leaders, and should have been hanged, is well known.[[/note]]. The Queen declining her invitation, and instead sending a husband known to despise the Japanese wartime generation, ''and'' that perfunctory disrespect to the deceased, caused a minor diplomatic rupture. But it was almost as if everything had been carefully thought out in advance to deliver an unmistakeable two-fingered gesture to the wartime Japanese leadership, from the daughter of the wartime British King... the Japanese were insulted. The British laughed.


Like Mister Rogers and Bill Nye above, it is considered to be extremely bad taste to mock [=LeVar=] Burton. He is widely regarded as the figurehead of literacy in the United States by means of inspiring the love of reading and science through ''Series/ReadingRainbow''. This is especially true after PBS completely cut funding for the program back in 2009. That TV station that took him to court so they can take the Reading Rainbow brand back and succeeded, claiming that [=LeVar=] had mistakenly thought that he had bought the rights to the series? Many of his fans speculate that station will be producing a flop and [=LeVar=] will not be affected that badly. As of March 2018, [=LeVar=]'s project just had to undergo a minor rebrand. On the other hand, time will tell if [=WNED=]'s actions would get them into InternetBackdraft crossfire, with several tropers commenting that [=WNED=] are not only despicable, but are asking for trouble, and oh, no announcement since August 2017.


!!'''Works and Creators of any work that is considered as "TrueArt"'''

See Also: ItsPopularNowItSucks, TrueArt, SacredCow, DefensiveFans, CriticalDissonance, and PublicMediumIgnorance.

An example of this when it comes to media instead of people: Whenever and wherever the ItsPopularNowItSucks trope is in effect, any media that fits any of the TrueArt categories; as well as their creators, are [[ComplainingAboutPeopleNotLikingTheShow granted immunity to any form of criticism in any way]] in these areas. In other words, these are works which are met with near universal approval and are outside the bounds of criticism for some even if flaws are present. Covering anything from a whole series down to props within that universe, these works are considered so either out of respect, nostalgia, or plain fan love.

Unfortunately, this also means a fair critique cannot be made against it at any point in time as it'll be met with the same revulsion as {{Squick}}-inducing {{shipping}} or {{troll}}ing. Furthermore, many of these works tend to get a free pass when it comes to flaws that popular works would be slammed if they didn't bear such a pass. An unfortunate amount of FanDumb, FandomHeresy, HypocriticalFandom, NostalgiaFilter, and TheLawOfFanJackassery tend to come from this.

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* Anime and Manga in general. Many fans have reasons of their own which they fly off the handle should this button be pressed, but expressing your distaste or jest for it as a whole will probably cause a lot of otakus to pin you down and write you off in many ways: as an uncultured slob who has a rose-tinted view on "crappy" American, or whatever non-Japanese country you're from, media, a dead eyed hopeless bully who has no hope and joy in their dead, lifeless heart, someone who supports censorship and bowdlerizing art and expression as a whole, an oppressive xenophobic closeminded bigot, or all of the above. Even not knowing much about it (e.i. "I watched a manga", "Hey what episode is when [[CowboyBeBopAtHisComputer Cowboy Bebop is at his computer]]") will probably get you a lot of flak. Even in the face of Hiyao Miyazaki's infamously misread quote "Anime was a mistake" or any rise of HateDumb, being a part of these groups only ensures to paint yourself as a rainbow variety batch of all of the above.
* {{Deconstruction}} anime tends to be this. Most forums discussing those kinds of anime are lacking criticism because they're off-limits from such things for some reasons.
* Shows with antagonistic [[WeaponOfChoice knife-toting]] {{Yandere}}s receive a similar treatment as well, especially if said characters are [[DracoInLeatherPants glorified in the fandom, no matter how unjustified their actions are.]] Do you hate them and wanted to find anyone in the internet who shares your sentiment? ''Good luck.''
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', for the same reason as ''Yotsuba&!'' below. The English dub of the anime adaptation, though, is free game, as it straddles a fine line between passable and downright annoying.
* On the websites of ''MAHQ'', ''Anime Suki'', and ''Anime News Network'' you are not allowed to criticize ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarinThePocket'', ''Anime/TurnAGundam'', or ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans''. Upon doing so you are labeled a troll and often banned regardless of how on topic and civil you are. /m/ took notice and the ''Gundam'' fandom broke into so many pieces the now BrokenBase has its own [[Gundam/FandomRivalry fandom rivalry page]]. When ANN was hacked in August 2017, /a/ joked it might have been /m/ considering their deep resentment for reviews of not just Gundam, but MechaAnime reviews on the whole.
* There's a lot of places on the internet where criticizing or heaven forbid making fun (outside of WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged, which is an AffectionateParody) of ''Anime/DragonBall'' will get your head ripped off. It was a massive part of so many people's childhoods, just don't go there.

* The comic community site Scans Daily seems to have a rule of "The more mainstream it is, the more critical we are." High-profile works in particular seem to be prone to getting picked apart, while lesser-known comics are considered off-limits to criticism.
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''. You don't insult it if you enjoy having skin.
** That said, jokes about Warner Brothers' shabby treatment of ''Watchmen'' creator Creator/AlanMoore seem to be okay with comic fans — for example, "[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Watchmen Babies in: V for Vacation]]" and "[[Creator/HarryPartridge Saturday Morning Watchmen]]".

* Its debatable if the exploitation of the child-like Kokiri in ''FanFic/ZeldasHonor'' was a necessary evil for the villains to proceed with their plans. Some of the abuse on them can be quite shocking; to a point where a few reviewers/readers weren't even sure they could continue reading the fanfic.

* It's ''really'' (and with good reason) rare to see criticism of works by acclaimed directors like Creator/JeanLucGodard, Creator/FrancoisTruffaut, Creator/FedericoFellini, Creator/IngmarBergman, Creator/MichelangeloAntonioni, Creator/AndreiTarkovsky, Creator/AgnesVarda, Creator/RobertoRossellini, Creator/YasujiroOzu, Creator/KenjiMizoguchi, Creator/SatyajitRay, Creator/AkiraKurosawa, the majority of ItalianNeorealism, UsefulNotes/FrenchNewWave (and Japanese New Wave, Czechoslovak New Wave, New German Cinema, Fifth and Sixth Generation of Chinese Cinema, etc) and other respected auteurs. Whenever criticism does occur it's usually by people who don't watch these kind of films in the first place and therefore they aren't taken seriously anyway.
* No matter what your opinions of the later films, the first ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' film is beyond reproach.
** Same thing with the original ''Film/StarWars'' trilogy (though the GeorgeLucasSpecialEdition versions tend to be the target of mockery, the films as a whole are this trope).
* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' has this reputation too. Merely daring to suggest that is not that funny or perhaps not the best Python film or product around will anger a lot of people who will diss you for ''not having a sense of humor'' or ''not being smart enough to get it''. Especially the latter comment is quite odd, because most fans of ''Holy Grail'' only repeat the most accessible jokes, like the coconuts gag and the Black Knight, for instance.
* A lot of Soviet movies/animation get this treatment, accompanied by NostalgiaFilter. Don't even try to question the morals behind movies or consider them outdated. Also don't even try to suggest a possibility, that a comedian funnier than Nikulin-Vitsyn-Margunov trio may exist, just don't. That being said, post-Soviet-Union movies/animation in Russia is very much an AcceptableTarget , especially Russian Hollywood.
* The ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' fandom is full of people who will rip you to shreds for daring to say that you're not a fan. Sure, it was a huge part of many people's childhoods... but if it wasn't a big part of ''yours'', an army of ''Toy Story'' fans will tell you you're objectively wrong for liking whatever fandom you liked more as a child. Not everyone was the perfect age to grow up with Andy when the movies were originally released, and the fans that were can't seem to acknowledge that the movies, especially [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory3 the third]], don't have quite the same emotional impact if you don't see yourself in Andy.

* Examples of these include ''Series/TopGear''.
* If you're within the hearing range of a Browncoat, do not insult ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. Actually, just don't insult any of Joss Whedon's works, except for maybe ''Alien Resurrection'' and the ''Buffy'' movie.
** Of which the latter's crapiness was caused by ExecutiveMeddling.
** ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' is perhaps the most notable exception, and seems to have weakened a lot of Whedon fans' determination to defend most of his other works as well, though ''Firefly'' is still considered largely untouchable.
* American television in general, at least to people who are not American. Expressing your distaste for it can cause lots of ''Creator/{{Netflix}}'' lovers to come at you and blame you for being so rose-tinted about your crappy culture and insulting something that is inherently better.

* Any novel or series acknowledged as a classic. Pointing out flaws in the work is almost always acceptable (though you can expect InternetBackdraft), but dismissing the entire thing as garbage usually provokes universal outrage.
** For example, if you mock ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', hordes of angry Tolkien fans will be on your case.
** This does vary somewhat book to book, as a lot of the SchoolStudyMedia books have a divisiveness - you either loved the book and embraced it whole-heartedly, or you loathed having it shoved down your throat getting poor grades on book reports.
* Religious scriptures in general are also this, bashing the scriptures is considered equal to bashing their associated religion and will net you universal outrage.
* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' receives this treatment as well, because of how big a part it was of a lot of people's childhoods. This only extends to the seven books in the main series. Refusing to acknowledge the extended canon on Pottermore is acceptable, criticizing the movies is a widespread practice, and ''Theater/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild'' is a ContestedSequel.

* Anything listed as a "Classic" or "oldies" tends to fall into this as time marches on. If you actually say you don't like bands such as ''Music/TheBeatles'' today and aren't very old, you ''will'' be treated like a heretic.
* If a musician died young, it's usually a bad idea to criticize their music (see also: DeadArtistsAreBetter) because people who ''do'' like them will treat you like you just sprouted horns and a tail. God help you if you say in public that you don't care for music made by Music/JohnLennon, [[Music/TheDoors Jim Morrison]], Music/FreddieMercury, Music/KurtCobain, Music/JimiHendrix, Music/MichaelJackson, Music/AmyWinehouse, or countless other dead musicians.

* The UsefulNotes/MacOS (or anything made by Apple, for that matter) got this treatment back in the day in that any sort of criticism of the Mac (or simply preferring Windows over Mac) is bound to get you burned to a crisp. This is less frequent today due to the resurgence of Apple, as well as some of the controversies Apple has been involved in as a new-found MegaCorp and all, but you can still find some very DefensiveFans in some areas.
* Depending on where you are, don't trash [[UsefulNotes/{{Unix}} Linux]]. You would be accused of "supporting the evil Micro$oft empire" (although you can also say the same for UsefulNotes/MacOS). Exceptions may be granted if you choose instead to bag on a particular Linux ''distribution'', though, or if you're criticizing Linux as a user of one of the [=BSDs=]. Though this has since died down as people bag on the ridiculous stance Richard Stallman has against commercial and proprietary software.

* Anybody who says that the works of Creator/WilliamShakespeare are anything less than the greatest produced in the English language will be mocked as a philistine who has no appreciation for real talent. The only exception used to be ''Theatre/TitusAndronicus'', and only because [[NoTrueScotsman respectable critics assumed that Shakespeare could never have written something that crude]], but after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII this has been completely turned around, likely because of [[HumansAreBastards all the stuff that happened in that conflict]], and the idea that the play isn't authentic is considered laughable.
** This even goes as far as people trying to acquit the Bard of the accusations of ValuesDissonance: many now earnestly argue that ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'' is meant to be sarcastic and that ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'' actually opposes anti-semitism, when it is far more likely that neither is the case and that Shakespeare was no more forward-thinking than any of his contemporaries. Note that neither play was ''[[DeathOfTheAuthor ever]]'' interpreted like this until misogyny and racism became unacceptable in society.

* EVERY video game will have its fans. Unless it originally gained its badness from its own gameplay and composed faults alone when it was first released, any game that ranks at minimum a C- average or even a D+ in terms of quality via general consensus will guarantee rapid fire mouthing from anyone who played it and enjoyed it. This backlash also especially corresponds to games of prior generations, which is neither tolerated on this subject. [[note]]Badmouthing older games for not having good graphics of today's standards is downright considered "biting the hand that feeds you"; ie. disrespectful to the foundations that even helped bring about the present generation, and will paint you scarlet.[[/note]]
* Examples of PC games include ''VideoGame/SystemShock 2'', ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' (but only ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' as well as ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' in some areas, as well as ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' in a few), not to mention the first two games in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series (which was recently expanded to include ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''), ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' ([[VideoGame/StarCraft the first one]] especially), ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' or ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' anything, ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', ''VideoGame/{{Torchlight}}'', anything that's "indie", and anything made by Creator/ValveSoftware (especially ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' and ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'', with the possible exception of ''Ricochet'').
** Not always so — if the reviewer takes the time to establish themselves as being very reasonable early on, is polite, posts in a community not infested by rabid fans, and uses solid logic in writing up their review, then it's entire possible for even [[http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/211318/hot-button-beach-day-chapter-4-preview-halflife-2-review-it-blows a highly critical review of Half-Life 2]] to be received with civility.
** Though ever since 2015 it's subverted and Valve essentially become valid acceptable target, what with the "paid mods", continuous reliance on community to provide content instead of bringing content by themselves, ditching support of older games, weapon skins and crates, the report that nobody in Valve interested or even planning to develop single-player games, several key members including chief writer Marc Laidlaw left Valve, and the nadir point, the announcement of Artifact, a card game based of DOTA, the first time Valve receives more dislikes than likes based on the announcement videos alone. Additionally, their decision to discontinue accepting [=PayPal=] payments in Asia due to partnership with e-Club Singapore also angered a sizable amount of South-East Asians. And then there's Gabe proclaiming he's a brony, also setting off a "RuinedForever!" among a sizable group of people who dislike them.
** To wit, anything that's Indie, any review that's critical of the game at all or even saying it's anything ''but'' the absolute best thing ever made is usually downrated into oblivion, anyone who dares say they even find some things wrong with it will usually be written off as a hater or a [[FanHater mindless]] ''Call of Duty'' fan (to use the most ''polite'' term). Even [[Creator/TheCynicalBrit Total Biscuit]], who dares say anything bad about indie titles, usually gets thousands of comments on his videos insulting him for not finding something to be TrueArt, and comments ''agreeing'' with even ''one'' point that Total Biscuit makes are downvoted and considered "Spam". [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity Not that he cares, seeing as they give him just as many views as people who legitimately agree with him.]]
* Online gaming-wise, a good way to find out if a game or service is given the "[[SacredCow Immunity To Criticism]]" label is how the service is received when it comes to discussions about {{GIFT}}. If you mention popular or non-sacred works such as ''VideoGame/CounterStrike'', ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'', ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', or anything on UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} Live in such topics, bombardments of complaints will occur which basically summarize down to ''"The game/service should be [[KillItWithFire killed with fire]] and everyone that plays it should be beaten mercilessly. And i don't care if the {{griefer}}s are a VocalMinority."'' However, if you did to same to a game or service that is given SacredCow status, say ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', or the UsefulNotes/PlaystationNetwork service (though some of the more popular PSN titles like ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' are exceptions to the rule), it will either fall on deaf ears and/or you will be bombarded with NoTrueScotsman type fallacies that the service or game is immune to this.
* The quickest way a gaming critic or gamer can kill their street cred is to trash [[UsefulNotes/PcVsConsole PC Gaming]], or even say you enjoy consoles better. That said, the term "PC master race" tends to get thrown around a lot by people on both sides who should be aware of the [[UnfortunateImplications implications]] of the phrase [[ThoseWackyNazis "master race"]].
* The ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' series (especially ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''), and for that matter anything made by Creator/ShigesatoItoi, is beyond criticism. Detractors will face the wrath of the Starmen.net community, [[Website/FourChan /v/]], Creator/{{Nintendo}} fans, and the fans of [[LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}} all]] [[LetsPlay/NintendoCapriSun three]] [[LetsPlay/ProtonJon of]] LetsPlay/TheRunawayGuys.
** Interestingly enough, ''Mother 3'' is actually looked at with a generally ''very'' negative fan sentiment from its home country, as explained halfway through [[http://earthboundcentral.com/2012/11/earthbound-central-qa-5/ this Q&A article]] from [=EarthboundCentral=] — perhaps, in America, due in large part to being officially unreleased, and the massive work of the fan-translation project several years later, ''Mother 3'' is seen as a Sacred Cow and Unacceptable Target in the West...but in Japan, that particular installment is ridiculed, bashed, and hated on the Japanese internet. Often. With many Japanese fans even considering Itoi to be "a washed-up old hack". Quite a strange example of region-specific aversion in the case of ''Mother 3''. However, of course, ''Mother 2''[=/=]''Earthbound'' is still very much true to this trope no matter which side of the Pacific you reside on, as is ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'' to a lesser extent...unless you want to mock the extreme difficulty of the first game, particularly the final area or if you are [[WebOriginal/{{Chrontendo}} Dr. Sparkle]] (He noted that it were mainly the pop culture elements that made the game unique and that it would otherwise have been a generic RPG and that the game had lots of flaws. He still said that it was the one of the two best games of the episodes (tied up with ''Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti'')).
* Generally speaking, you ''might'' be able to get away with claiming that ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' is [[HypeBacklash overrated]], [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny outdated by modern standards]], [[EvenBetterSequel surpassed by its own successors]], or simply not your cup of tea. If, however, you attempt to dismiss it as being ''bad'' you'll immediately be ridiculed as an ignorant Philistine at best, or flamed to within an inch of your metaphorical life at worst. Creator/{{Egoraptor}} lampshaded this in his ''WebVideo/{{Sequelitis}}'' episode.
-->'''Egoraptor:''' I am harshly criticizing ''Ocarina of Time'' on the internet! I'm gonna get crucified!
** This also applies to any 3D Zelda game, particularly ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]''. In the latter case, even saying that its [[FandomRivalry greatest fandom rival]] ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' is a better game will get you murdered by the fandom. Hell, ''Ocarina of Time'' is probably the ''least'' immune to criticism nowadays due to a combination of SeinfeldIsUnfunny and HypeBacklash though the above still applies.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fandom, games qualify as this if they meet two criteria: they must have a huge amount of PostEndGameContent, and must be [[NostalgiaFilter from an era that the fandom of the time remembers fondly]]. These include ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' and their remakes, ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Emerald]]'', ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Pokémon Platinum]]'', and ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'', the latter of which are the most rabidly defended and praised on [[Website/FourChan /vp/]]. Meanwhile, in more mainstream circles, [[NostalgiaFilter the original 151]] (especially [[BreakoutCharacter Charizard]]) and ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' in general are treated as this.
** The Pokemon Red and Blue part is largely gone from the fandom now, as a result of the 20th anniversary digital editions on 3DS of Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow. A large part of the fandom started after the Advance generation, and has now played Red/Blue/Yellow on the digital edition for 3DS, it's a lot easier to get away with saying the first generation sucks.
* The ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' series had once received this treatment, especially when it really started to compete with the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series for the most popular FPS crown. When ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' came out, calling it anything but the "''Halo killer''" would instantly kill your street cred at the very least. Not long after, though, controversies involving future iterations of the franchise by Creator/{{Activision}} along with its boom in popularity [[ItsPopularNowItSucks would eventually kick them out of sacred cow status]]. Nowadays if you say anything positive about ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'', you'll be lucky if you aren't murdered in your sleep, and ironically even ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' is treated more of a sacred cow in comparison nowadays.
* Say you didn't play ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' and no one will think twice, it being a relatively obscure CultClassic. Say you played it and [[SacredCow didn't care for it]], on the other hand....
* Bashing ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' will get you drawn and quartered by its huge, vocal, and devoted fanbase. Even if you give an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xe3j5qnCcoU honest but negative opinion]] on it you'd better disable comments and ''still'' brace for impact.
** That being said, this is something of a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]. While Undertale fans are indeed ''very'' vocal about defending their game, there also exists an equally large and vocal {{Hatedom}} that is ready to bash the game every chance they get.

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* Let's just say that this tends to be a creed by some Tropers here.


Tropers/{{ANONYMOUS}} and their affiliated websites (Website/FourChan, Encyclopedia Dramatica, etc.) have a nearly unlimited list of AcceptableTargets...yet [[EvenEvilHasStandards even in their circles they have]] Unacceptable Targets, one of which is the title character of ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}''. You do not ask for {{Rule 34}} of ''Yotsuba''; they will destroy you. Without regret.

* Some people have gone out of their way to make exceptions [[CrossesTheLineTwice involving aged-up versions of the characters]]. One such instance was the Comiket doujin "Four Leaf Lover". [[spoiler:Yotsuba and her friends go on an innocent group date with non-Japanese men, get drunk, and have dub-con sex. They become drug-addicted sex toys.]] [[MoralEventHorizon It was apparently requested and translated by 4chan /d/ members.]] That's /d/ for you. That said, when the same people made an (even worse) sequel, Anonymous turned its wrath on them.
* On one Rule 34 site, clicking the Yotsuba tag takes you to the site's full list. In other words, if you look for porn of Yotsuba, you'll get everything but.
* Averted on e-hentai.org. Doujins with Rule 34 of Yotsuba are still available on the site.

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* In fact, one of the working titles for this trope was "Yotsuba Is Off Limits".


There is no faster way to get an entire nation angry at you than to mock their national anthem. Even mocking your own is venturing into dangerous territory. Sports fans cross this line at their own peril.

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* Kind of averted in UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} where quite a considerable number of people think the national anthem, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance_Australia_Fair 'Advance Australia Fair']], is a terrible piece of insipid, dull and incomprehensible crap and wish they had a better one (see the section on 'Criticism').
* Zig-zagged with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Canada O Canada]] in light of its recent lyric change from "In all our sons command" to "In all of us command". Opponents of the change will call it PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad while supporters will condemn opponents for being sexist. Ironically, the revised line is actually ''closer'' to the original English text, which read "Thou dost in us command".

* Part of the reason why the [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfJuJrqFhXM National Anthem]] (either version from its two consecutive years) is so greatly reviled: in addition to being (horribly) sung by [[AcceptableTargets 4Kids]]' voice actors, the fact that they were doing so as their respective characters came across as offensive to many viewers. Also, [[{{Irony}} most of the characters came from non-American shows]].

!!'''Depicting a flag upside down'''

Another quick way to anger an entire nation is to depict their flag upside down. Bonus points if the flag is a simple striped one and rotating it 180 degrees results in a flag of ''a different country''.

* UsefulNotes/{{Malaysia}} learnt that the hard way when depicting the flag of neighbor UsefulNotes/{{Indonesia}} upside-down during the telecast of the 2017 SEA Games. Showing the flag of UsefulNotes/{{Poland}} and calling it the flag of Indonesia was a quick way to get several websites in Malaysia [=DDoSed=] by patriotic hackers...



Pets are frequently likened to human children, and most people would never think of harming them. Even playing animal abuse [[BlackComedyAnimalCruelty for laughs]] is an easy way to arouse fury from viewers; actually harming these creatures will incur their wrath.

* One of WebVideo/TheMysteriousMrEnter's biggest {{Berserk Button}}s is animal abuse, especially when it's PlayedForLaughs. Any animated work that attempts this is almost guaranteed to be branded an Animated Atrocity (with the ''[[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants Spongebob]]'' episodes mentioned below being a textbook example).
* Once again averted in ''[[Radio/TrueCapitalist True Capitalist Radio]]''. A broadcast of the show was interrupted when Ghost's dog, Templeton, chewed on the wires and electrocuted himself. While Templeton didn't receive any injuries, the trolls were sure to [[NeverLiveItDown exploit this]] so Ghost would have another thing to be upset about.

* Gary the Snail from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''; while he does have his moments of [[SnarkyNonHumanSidekick snark]], he's the least likely of the main characters to pick up the JerkassBall, and thus the least deserving of being [[ButtMonkey the butt of a joke]]. Episodes that put him under significant distress, then [[PlayedForLaughs play it for laughs]] (i.e. "A Pal For Gary", "Pet Sitter Pat"), [[DudeNotFunny are met with unanimously negative reception]] (ones that [[PlayedForDrama play it for drama]], like with "Have You Seen This Snail?", are better received).
* ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' episode "[[Recap/RenandStimpyAPC1x02RenSeeksHelp Ren Seeks Help]]" has the titular character torture animals in his childhood. [[AudienceAlienatingPremise This alone]] makes it the most [[BrokenBase polarizing]] episode in the entire series.
* One of the reasons the Gene Deitch-directed ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoons are so reviled is due to them giving Tom a FatBastard owner who often gave him a heavy thrashing even at the slightest provocation.

* Just ask Kenny Glenn, who posted a video of himself and a friend abusing a cat on Website/YouTube; after a link to the video was posted on /b/, he was identified mere hours later by /b/tards who compared the video to photos on several social networking profiles to find out his name and location, reported him to his local police, and got him and his friend arrested on animal abuse charges — all in that same week. If you thought Kenny got it bad, Cheyenne Cherry got it even worse.
* Never ''ever'' post videos of throwing puppies into a river. [[http://valleywag.gawker.com/5626105/4chan-on-the-hunt-for-puppy+throwing-girl /b/]] and Creator/MichaelBay will find you.
* Creator/ClintEastwood is a known lover of animals, and he and his wife keep several animals that they've rescued on their ranch, and Mr. Eastwood loves talking about how much he loves them, and how much he despises people who abuse animals. So put it this way: if you abuse animals, Clint Eastwood — Film/DirtyHarry himself — will find you and punish you.
* Perhaps shown best by the video of a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=An7ZB5dM-gg British woman putting a cat in a bin]] which was shown on multiple news networks throughout the world. She was hunted down by the papers demanding to know why she had done it (no reason, as it turns out). She had to have police protection to keep the crowd that formed outside her house civil. In the end, she was banned from keeping animals for five years, fined required to pay to the victim (the owner of the cat, not the cat itself), and had to give up her job at a supermarket.
* In 2003, Clay Aiken was on his way to a promising radio career. Then he did an article stating his dislike for these purry creatures, and his career sank to the point where he had to go Broadway.
* If one were to think in line of pets as being nothing but cats and dogs the stereotype would be subverted in Northern and Southern Sudan, at least if the book ''The Mask of Afrika'' would have been an accurate portrayal of the phenomenon. In it the main characters talks about a scene that took place in Southern Sudan in which she was talking to different people who were discussing what would be the best strategy to kill cats so that they could be served for dinner. She also noted that cats were eaten in the south since in the northern territory they prefer eating dogs (affectionately called ''Red Wolf''). It seems however that the president does not share in their eating habits since he actually does have pets. Let us just say that the author was happy that the president did not do that.
* Abusing cats is a major BerserkButton for 4Chan as a whole. Commit this sin to them, and they WILL stalk you and make you pay dearly.


Some Once Acceptable Targets can also be Unacceptable Targets at times, although not always.

!!'''Really, anyone (and anything) in some places'''

See also: RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement, BerserkButton, and BanOnPolitics

In some groups, it's not a good idea to mock the things or persons that they like or think that it is good. In other places this might be okay, although not everywhere considering that many don't want to deal with the FanDumb, HateDumb, or any InternetBackdraft involving the mockery. For example: any religious and political views and individuals are repeatedly mocked, but you should never mock them if they're the majority of a group. In an anime-related forum or circle, it's best not to invoke AnimationAgeGhetto or proclaim hatred to anime by itself. And so on.