Not sure if here or special efforts is the place, but I'm going to be bringing up possible removal so I think it should start here. I used to think the misuse here was not quite as bad as Complete Monster
, but now I'm beginning to think it's even worse.
Take, for example, the western animation page
. The first subsection is for Simpsons examples, and even this serves as a better microcosm still. The winemakers making Bart drink wine with antifreeze in it is probably an example; given the shift from Kick the Son of a Bitch
moments to indefensible moments. Using it for Burns trying to drown Bart is sort of pushing it; it's glossed over next time he's on the show IIRC, but it makes a bit of sense given the shock value at that point in time. But the rest of it seems littered with rants about characters' moments of acting like assholes, when, well, Simpsons characters being assholes seems to be the whole point of the show by now
Though they are separate tropes and CM isn't implied by it, I think the misuse of MEH and CM seems to be driven by similar factors (shoehorning of any darker villainy than usual, regardless of trope definitions, etc...) and result in similar writing styles. (Natter galore!)
I'm beginning to think we may as well scrap MEH. I think that, like with CM, the misuse causes more of itself by giving users the wrong impression as to how it's done. Once that first impression has been left it's hard to counteract. This wasn't quite enough reason to scrap CM; and we've already poured so much effort into cleaning that up that perhaps it shouldn't be; but again, the misuse is even worse here, and on top of that, I don't think the trope has as much worth keeping about it. Categories of villains are (relatively) easier to distinguish and/or define than categories of actions taken by villains.
Alternatively we could suspend the editing privileges of those who add a lot of misuse, but of course if we go for that we'd have to set pretty clear criteria on when such suspensions are justified and when they aren't.
edited 20th May '12 7:34:34 PM by HiddenFacedMatt