Playing With / Moral Guardians

Basic Trope: Viewers that morally object to certain types of work and wish to see it restricted or banned.
  • Straight: B.A.N. (Battle All Naughtyness) is a group of people who seek to ban anything immoral they see on television shows - violence, sexual themes, profanity, and/or drug usage.
  • Exaggerated: B.A.N. is a group of pious and self-righteous people who seek to cancel all shows for showing the slightest hint of any immoral behavior on every media, especially jaywalking.
  • Downplayed: B.A.N. only bans anything that is too extreme for viewers.
  • Justified:
    • B.A.N. wants the authors of the show to Think of the Children! who are prone to mimic bad behavior on television.
    • B.A.N. has legitimate concerns, as the show they are protesting often promotes dangerous ideas and treat real world controversial issues flippantly.
  • Inverted:
    • C.O.Y.(Corrupt Our Youth) 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.N. 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.N. 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.
    • But they also take offense to more harmless media, like the latest action movie.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: B.A.N. fluctuates between objecting to legitimately concerning content (like child porn) and freaking out over video games.
  • 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!.
    • 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.N. Member 1: Doesn't this list of controversies seem a little uptight and unreasonable to you?
    B.A.N. Member 2: Don't be silly! B.A.N. has to be uptight and unreasonable! Nobody ever listens when you try to talk on their level.
  • Exploited:
    • Bob knows that people hate B.A.N. and 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 B.A.N. to ruin Bob's show.
  • Defied: B.A.N. refuses 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: "Damn, ever since B.A.N. complained about Troperville it’s been getting watered down! Why is the dialogue all sugary and sweet? Why are we filled with these crappy morals?"
  • Deconstructed: B.A.N. wants the mitigation of any amoral content they find, but the times they lived in have a different set of morals than the current day. What may have been heinous in their day is considered tame now, so their objections are less being uptight and unreasonable and more unfamiliarity with modern attitudes. Even in their own group what could stand to be protected and what couldn't is a long running discussion held at several meetings, and they may even loosen up on some media they condemned earlier with a rewatch down the line. As self-proclaimed guardians, they've begun to realize that maybe they don't know the public's best interests when it comes to moral media.
  • Reconstructed: B.A.N. is eventually overthrown by La Résistance, and things go back to normal- however, The Remnant of B.A.N. continues to act as moral guardians and tries to rally support to bring back the old regime, to no avail.

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