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ergeis
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02:42:57 AM Jul 22nd 2012
Does this necessarily have to be about villains? At first glance, I thought this was about characters developing bizarre traits because of this trope.
leafeon
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05:57:59 PM Jul 19th 2012
I have a suggestion: changing the name from Freudian Excuse to Freudian Explanation. What happened to villains in the past is not an excuse so much as an explanation.
captainsandwich
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07:36:31 PM Feb 5th 2012
Is there a trope for an excuse why a villain (or a bad person who isn't a villain) became a villain that doesn't demand that they had a crap sack childhood? perhaps there parents spoiled the the future villain while he was a child and now believes he is simply entitled to things.
WhiteBear
08:33:54 PM Apr 3rd 2012
edited by WhiteBear
I think that kind of excuse would work better for a smaller scale villain, like a Jerk Jock or Alpha Bitch. Even then, it technically might still count for this trope because rather than being abused, the villain is just a product of extremely lax parenting. Take Regina George from Mean Girls for example—her mother tries to be her best friend rather than being an actual parent. It's not abusive, but it's still bad parenting.
Komodin
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03:47:05 PM May 25th 2011
edited by Komodin
... Why the heck is there a Youtube video embedded on the page?
Artemis92
06:18:54 PM May 25th 2011
It 's the new TV Tropes TV show, I think. Don't know much about it. Not sure the new traffic the page is getting isn't a double-edged sword, so to speak: I haven't checked the history yet, but there's an unseemly amount of Natter on the page, and my cynical mind suspects that maybe some of it wasn't there before the guys in charge linked the entire site to the one trope. Got one or two unmarked spoilers, too.

Now, it's late, I've got math class all week, I'm lazy, I'm not at my computer at the moment, I'm lazy, and it's hell editing a page on an iPod Touch, so I won't be doing any fixing-up 'till at least tomorrow. Once I have a good excuse to be on my computer, though, I'll be on this like fleagle flies on a flat-faced Floogle horse (couldn't think of anything original, sorry).
Dante2001
10:38:41 AM May 27th 2011
dont like it either, tvtropes should be simple and video-less
Tanzmetall
08:22:16 PM May 29th 2011
edited by Tanzmetall
Hence the post I made. I wanted to consult you guys before the video went live.

The videos are not permanent. The intention is to leave the embed there temporarily and then either move it down the page, or locate the link within a button, or whatever people more influential than me decide. They're currently working on forming a consensus.

This is supposed to be something you have input on, so if you have notes about Echo Chamber, PM me. There's no reason why you can't have a say in the direction they take. I can't please everyone, but I will certainly listen.
TomGrant
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09:43:56 PM May 22nd 2011
I've replaced "unemphatic sociopaths" with "uncaring sociopaths". I think the original poster must have meant "unempathetic", but it's not a commonly used word so I hesitated to put it in. Any thoughts on word choice?
Tanzmetall
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11:58:14 AM May 17th 2011
An episode of Echo Chamber is scheduled to be released on Sunday which is about this trope.

Before the release, I thought it would be a good idea to consult with the Tropers who’ve adopted this page. I have a good understanding of the trope, but I thought I would get some input from you before we go live.

What are the old debates about how the trope is defined? How can I avoid accidentally digging one of them back up? What is the most important aspect of the trope that I need to demonstrate?

Since we go live on Sunday, I can’t make any promises that I can incorporate your suggestions, but I will do my best to portray the trope accurately and succinctly.
joeyjojo
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08:05:51 PM Apr 27th 2010
@Caswin: i have agreed on both points.

With NCIS i'll seen Perspective Flips Fics that believably turn Ari into a woobie and Ziva into a deranged Daddy Girl Psycho Lesbian. but that might just be his leather pants for you.
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