Bravo, Rodney. I have not often seen someone manage to twist and so successfully miss the point of a post.
To reiterate, let's forget the name for a minute. When a character is suffering from this trope
, they are coming up
with "rational" explanations that essentially come close to Agent Mulder
from the opposite direction.
By contrast the defining characteristic of Agent Scully
is an insistence on seemingly supernatural phenomena being given a rational explanation. Only by the nature of the hypothesis Agent Scully
offers up may he or she actually turn out to suffer from this form of irrational skepticism.
The difference can be estimated by their reaction when faced with odd ritual murders with bite marks and drained bloods:
immediately assumes vampires.
presumes sort of ritual murders.
The character suffering rapidly assumes the character is a skilled illusionist or hypnotist suffering from a rare blood disease and attempting to renew their supply by drinking it from their victims because the specific antigen they need to combat that strange disease disappears after a few minutes outside the body, which is why it was never found by science. Also they may have some sort of psychic powers... and basically it's justa rambling science-y description of a vampire... possibly following the discovery of dragons in a previous episodes: "But vampires? That's just ridiculous!"
The page quote from the Scooby D Oo
movie is IMO a fairly good example of an Agent Scully
character being affected by this trope. It's not necessarily Arbitrary Skepticism
because it doesn't necessarily character that have a background with the bizarre. It's not Agent Scully
for the reason above, and it's not Flat-Earth Atheist
for exactly the same reason as Arbitrary Skepticism
. The reference to Weirdness Censor
is very inappropriate IMO, since the trope requires the characters to explicitly acknowledge the weirdness before they can demonstrate their skepticism.
There are no inconsistencies in the Discworld books; occasionally, however, there are alternate pasts. —Terry Pratchett