Playing With / Moral Guardians

Basic Trope: Viewers that morally object to certain types of work and wish to see it restricted or banned.
  • Straight: The B.A.I.S (Ban All Immorality Society) is a group of people who seek to ban anything immoral they see on television shows - violence, sexual themes, profanity, or drug usage.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: The B.A.I.S only bans anything that is too extreme for viewers.
  • Justified:
    • The B.A.I.S wants the authors of the show to Think of the Children! who are prone to mimic bad behavior on television.
    • The B.A.I.S has legitimate concerns, as the show they are protesting often promotes dangerous ideas and treat real world controversial issues flippantly.
  • Inverted:
    • The C.O.Y.S (Corrupt Our Youth Society) is a group of people whose purpose is to promote immoral behavior in children's programming.
    • The N.M.G.G. (No More Guardians Group) is a rival group that advocate removal of morals from media, believing that more moral shows are the reason why immoral behavior is even done in the first place.
  • Subverted:
    • B.A.I.S. turns out only to care about certain kinds of immoral behavior, such any hint of sex. They're just fine with media that openly support stealing from the poor to give to the rich, for example.
    • While at first B.A.I.S. appeared to be spoilsports and Sour Grapes, an actual viewing of the show suggests that they are right to protest it. Especially when one episode of the show features a graphic sex scene despite being targeted specifically for young children to watch.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...until they are called out on it by their donors, and revise their list to be more inclusive.
  • Parodied: The B.A.I.S are fully responsible for "purifying" television shows by having characters pointing out the viewers' enjoyment of unacceptable behavior Once per Episode.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • There are no moral objections against media.
    • Moral objections are only done via advisory boxes and similar methods - having it labelled rather than anything else.
  • Enforced: The author had to deal with them on his last project and wants to write a Take That!. Or, a Moral Guardian is the writer and wants to show that a story can be wholesome and entertaining, or that not everyone concerned with content is a crazy villain.
  • Lampshaded: "If all of the fun stuff in television are gone, it's because of those crazy moralists."
  • Invoked:
    • The author decides that the best way to discuss his work is through controversy, so he encourages comments from Moral Guardians so at least there will be some discussion about it.
    B.A.I.S. Member 1: Doesn't this list of controversies seem a little uptight and unreasonable to you?
    B.A.I.S. Member 2: Don't be silly! The B.A.I.S. has to be uptight and unreasonable! Nobody ever listens when you try to talk on their level.
  • Exploited:
    • Bob knows that people hate the B.A.I.S., so he hires actors to complain about his show so more people will want to watch it in spite.
    • Harry, a company rival of Bob, plans to get more ratings on his show by hiring the B.A.I.S to ruin Bob's show.
  • Defied: The B.A.I.S. refuse to comment on the latest "immoral" media, knowing viewers will want to seek it out if they comment on it.
  • Discussed: "Who do those idiots think they are, ruining my favorite show? We're not children!"
  • Conversed: "Why is Troperville so watered down? Why is the dialogue all sugary and sweet? Why are we filled with these crappy morals?"

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