Needs Help: Defector From Decadence get usage counts
Deadlock Clock: 1st Dec 2013 11:59:00 PM

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^ I'm definitely on board with 2 and 4, with the latter maybe being a supertrope of the former. I'm fine with 3 as well, so long as we clearly distinguish it from Screw This, I'm Outta Here!. Maybe we need a Defection Index.

EDIT: Although I'm not new to the site, this is the first time I've taken a trope to TRS, so I must ask a newbie question: what does 'clocked' mean? The answer doesn't seem to be in the "welcome" thread.

edited 30th Nov '13 9:08:22 AM by MonaNaito

Screw This, I'm Outta Here! is barely even a defection trope. It's about "Nope, sorry, I was fine with the zombies and the vampires and the werewolves, but the kaiju is too much, I'm going home."
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29 Willbyr1st Dec 2013 06:27:05 PM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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From the page description of Screw This, I'm Outta Here!
Henchman Bob is beginning to have second thoughts about his career with the Evil Overlord. Maybe he's dissatisfied with the lack of advancement opportunities, what with the Big Bad's tendency to kill subordinates for no reason. Maybe he's smart enough to realize that the next visit from the good guys won't end well for Team Evil. Or maybe Bob's just sick and tired of kicking puppies for a living. Whatever the reason, Henchman Bob's had it up to here with Team Evil, so he washes his hands of the conflict and walks away.

Regardless of whether it's supposed to be a defection trope, the definition of Screw This, I'm Outta Here! is one of the main ways people have been misusing Defector from Decadence (that is, in the case where it's a bad guy defecting).
  • create a new trope is at 7:0
  • redefine this trope is at 6:2
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Doesn't making a new trope with the current definition go hand in hand with redefining Defector from Decadence? Unless people want to just delete Defector From Decadence entirely, which seems like a waste of a perfectly valid trope about people abandoning hedonistic lifestyles.
Edit: misread.

edited 3rd Dec '13 11:13:39 AM by crazysamaritan

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I'm kind of late to the game here, but here's how I understand the trope and the idea of joining the heroes not so much out of a Heel-Face Turn but more out of disgust with one's own side.

I see it as sort of similar to Reformed, but Not Tamed with a slice of My Species Doth Protest Too Much in that the character thinks their side is "doing it wrong" as opposed to being inherently bad.

So, for example, I'd expect a Defector from Decadence in the Star Wars verse to be someone who supported the Empire as well as the principle that it should crush rebellions, but then ended up disgusted by its cruelty, corruption, etc. That might lead them to aiding the rebels, but they would do so because they are against the Empire, not because they support the rebellion.

edited 9th Dec '13 7:32:11 PM by Hodor

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35 SeptimusHeap10th Jan 2014 01:37:07 AM from Zurich, Switzerland , Relationship Status: Mu
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Votes bump!
  • "Make new trope with the current definition - switching groups because of philosophical or moral differences with the old group" is at 10 yea/1 nay.
  • "Redefine Defector from Decadence to someone leaving a life of luxury (like the Siddharta Gautama example)" is at 9 yea/2 nay.
  • "Make general trope about defectors and defections (note: defection does not imply treason in and of itself, even if some like to claim so) - this will have some overlap with Screw This, I'm Outta Here" is at 4 yea/1 nay.

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Why not simply change the trope's name so it better fits the description? Wouldn't that be easier?

edited 25th Feb '14 4:35:42 AM by immortalfrieza

That's what the "make new trope with current definition" option is.
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38 Willbyr25th Mar 2014 04:05:39 AM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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Calling this one for the three leading options since they're all independent of each other:

  • Make new trope with the current definition - switching groups because of philosophical or moral differences with the old group
  • Redefine Defector from Decadence to someone leaving a life of luxury (like the Siddharta Gautama example)
  • Make general trope about defectors and defections (note: defection does not imply treason in and of itself, even if some like to claim so) - this will have some overlap with Screw This, I'm Outta Here!

decadence (countable and uncountable, plural decadences)

A state of moral or artistic decline or deterioration; decay

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40 DAN00429th Dec 2014 12:53:22 PM from The 0th Dimension
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Bump, perhaps
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41 CleverCorvid18th Feb 2015 11:24:23 AM from Behind and Below
The One Who Fights Monsters
I was always confused by this trope's title so I'd reccomend either changing the title to cover just defection, or making a new trope about more general defections, maybe a Super Trope to this one? I'm not entirely sure, but yeah, either the title and likely page image should go, or the currently inaccurate description and examples should.
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1st Dec '13 6:06:29 PM
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