This one should probably be merged with Engineered Heroics, since they're more or less the same thing. Furthermore, the title for this trope is misleading because it can easily be mistaken for Chronic Hero Syndrome.
It looks like they're subtly different but I agree about the snowclone problem. Hero Syndrome is for "Angels of Death" (like firemen who start fires so they can then put them out and get the praise for it) in fiction - the situation is very real and very dangerous. Engineered Heroics is for characters who set up a one-off fake event that they can put a stop to when the designated love interest looks their way - like asking your best mate to pretend to rob her so you can jump in and chase him off.
I make the distinction between this and Chronic Hero Syndrome clear in the description; I called it Hero Syndrome because that is what it is called in Real Life.
And if I may say, looking at the respective histories, it seems that my trope came first (if, weirdly, by only about a week or two).
Chronic Hero Syndrome has over 800 wicks and over 1000 inbounds. It also has a redirect at Hero Complex, which can only be adding to the confusion. Hero Syndrome has 37 wicks and 21 inbounds. If Hero Syndrome is the older trope, then I can't ask for more conclusive evidence that the name is not working. No matter whether or not it's used outside the wiki (the one detail that gives me any pause).
Well, it IS the correct IRL term for the phenomenon, but the wikipedia page for the IRL phenomenon is shorter than my thumb if you exclude the references, and I have unusually short fingers. This is a very uncommon, under-researched, and under-known phenomenon, and I don't think it's reasonable to measure it directly against Chronic Hero Syndrome, which is much more common.
I do agree, though, that this trope could use a rename to avoid confusion. Manufactured Hero or Munchausen's Heroics, maybe? Munchausen's by proxy is, I believe, a much better-known phenomenon, and it's quite similar in terms of the perpetrator's goal of creating a crisis/endangering others to get attention.
Playing The Hero doesn't sound anywhere near sinister enough. This is really a villainous trope, and we may want the name to reflect that somehow.
The most common version could be called Firebug Fireman, but that's probably too narrow.
Established, but obscure. Firebug Fireman gives way more ghits on examples of this trope than anything else I've been able to come up with. (I think it should at least be a redirect, since it's the standard version both in fiction and real life.)
I personally think Firebug Fireman is the best suggestion because from what I can tell it's a common iteration of the trope, even though the trope as a whole is much broader. For the same reason Let's Meet the Meat works for food examples that aren't meat; the title gets the idea across even though an overly literal interpretation makes it sound narrower than it actually is.
I must be cruel, but to be kind
That bad may begin, and worse be left behind
If you come across
a Beast, a Troll, or a Giant
do not run or call for help
but stand still and stay silent.
It might go away.
Alternative Titles: Hero Syndrome Runoff
25th Aug '13 7:06:01 PM
Vote up names you like, vote down names you don't. Whether or not the title will actually be changed is determined with a different kind of crowner (the Single Proposition crowner). This one just collects and ranks alternative titles.
Choosing a new title for Hero Syndrome. As this is a runoff, please do not downvote an option unless you definitely are against it.