Main Inferred Holocaust Discussion

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04:38:46 AM Jun 19th 2016
edited by sstabeler
in the entry text: regarding people with chronic medical needs: if the work talks about mass famine, plague and mayhem, then the people with chronic medical needs are probably included under "mayhem" or, indeed, "plague"- it's not that it's an Inferred Holocaust as much as Conservation of Detail- they don't need to cover every category of how people died- particularly because, in the absence of proper medical care, a LOT of things considered relatively minor become fatal. Also, with Set Right What Once Went Wrong, I'd say the Inferred Holocaust is more for alternative-timeline ones where the original timeline continues, since then, presumably the protagonist's loved ones are either dead, or have to suffer without them. For the ones where the protagonist is going back in their own timeline, it's more setting up a For Want of A Nail situation- if there was a single change- the time traveller coming back in time- this occurs.
03:39:03 PM Mar 31st 2013
  • George makes it clear that he wants to leave Bedford Falls, go to college, and travel the world. All of his dreams are destroyed and he feels he must commit suicide to regain hope. Potter is correct that George’s life has not resulted in personal happiness.

Eh, it's been a while since I watched the movie, but that had nothing to do with why he tried to attempt suicide. It was because he was going to jail and he had life insurance, so his family would get money.
02:15:45 PM Aug 5th 2012
edited by Frelus
dammit, forget this, I misread it.
07:13:52 PM Nov 11th 2011
Is the ending of Evangelion really a case of this? So far as we see, only humans were reduced, not plants or animals. In the very last scenes, trees are shown to still be there, and birds.
11:37:25 AM Oct 15th 2011
I hate to be pedantic, but this trope should be called an Implied Holocaust. Something that is implied is suggested or communicated without being explicitly stated. To infer, however, is an act of drawing a conclusion that is actively performed. This isn't just splitting hairs, because even though, yes, the viewer/reader can infer a holocaust from a story, that doesn't mean it necessarily happened — nothing could have happened, but for some reason we rightly or wrongly believe something did. Whereas in this trope it is clearly implied that we are intended to infer that something horrible did actually happen.
12:33:16 AM Dec 18th 2014
I second this.
01:04:25 AM Dec 18th 2014
Actually, the description of the trope not implies that we are necessarily intended to infer that something horrible did actually happen.
07:21:53 AM Dec 18th 2014
It's inferred because it's the viewers concluding something must have happened. "Implied" indicates that it was the intent of the writers, which is rarely the case.
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