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Gillimer
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05:09:54 AM Jan 14th 2012
"The Greater Good" should be a trope by itself. Whenever a character announces that something must be done "for the greater good", it flashes a big red light warning that a)said character is about to trample all over "lesser" good and common decency b)his planned action is going to resoundingly blow up into Greater Evil.
metaphysician
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09:05:37 PM Feb 11th 2011
This page has a number of entries that don't seem appropriate. Notably, the entry for Avatar: the Last Airbender. Yes, Ba Sing Se is brainwashing people, and they believe its for the greater good. . . but the story does not portray them as being the good guys, at all. As I read this trope, this is for when the *heroes* solve problems with mindwipes and personality rewrites.
kairu
12:21:47 PM Mar 30th 2011
As Nixon might say "when the government does it, it's heroic!"
RobinZimm
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08:24:44 AM Oct 14th 2010
The distinction between this and Heel-Face Brainwashing is...?
Earnest
05:57:50 PM Oct 19th 2010
Apparently there isn't. I'm making a forum topic to see what action to take.
aranamor
11:15:15 AM Sep 20th 2011
I always saw it as whether or not it's portrayed postively. So technically, the Tau, despite the whole Greater Good motif wouldn't qualify, oddly enough.
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