Playing With: Moral Myopia
: When character A does bad things, it's justified, but when character B does bad things, it's atrocious.
- Straight: When Alice steals from the poor, it's justified, but when Bob does the same thing, it's wrong.
- When Alice kills 10,000 people, it's the most righteous thing to ever happen, but when Bob does the same thing, it is irredeemably evil.
- When Alice does horrible things, she gets praised and encouraged to do more of it, but when Bob does the same, he is despised and executed.
- Downplayed: When Alice does bad things, although she will get called out for them, it isn't as bad as what Bob does, who gets harshly punished for them.
- Inverted: When Alice does good things, she is berated for it, but when Bob does the same good deeds, he's praised for it.
- Subverted: Alice and Bob rob a bank together; Alice planned the heist and Bob went in and stole the money. Alice expects the judge to praise her for her intelligence and incarcerate Bob ... and finds herself in jail alongside him instead.
- Double Subverted: Their fellow inmates are much kinder to Alice than to Bob.
- Parodied: When Alice spills the milk, it's awesome, but when Bob does the same, IT'S NOT!
- Zig Zagged: Alice and Bob are held responsible for their misdeeds to different degrees depending on the crime.
- When both Alice and Bob both do bad things, they are both called out on this.
- Neither one is called on their bad deeds.
- The writer is in the makings of a character who can do no wrong. At least that's what he puts it.
- The writer wants to show how selfish, self-obsessed, and/or arrogant the character truly is.
- Lampshaded: "You think you're justified in doing these horrible things while I'm not?!"
- Invoked: Alice seeks moral superiority, so she deceives everyone into believing that she is justified in doing what she does.
- Exploited: ???
- Defied: Alice refuses to justify her reprehensible actions and holds Bob and everyone else on a equal moral level.
- Discussed: ???
- Conversed: ???
- Played For Laughs: People encourage Alice to tell jokes and frown on Bob for doing the same.
- Played For Drama: Alice is asked to describe the punishment for an act that she herself did. After describing it, said punishment is inflicted upon her.
When I head back to Moral Myopia
, it's acceptable, but when you do the same, heaven help you.