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This can make the jerk be even more of a jerk, to the point of possibly being seen as evil, and can at times be far more disturbing than a genuine villain threatening others' lives. At least the villain both has a motive (even [[ForTheEvulz if it's simply]] [[{{Sadist}} enjoying the suffering they're causing]]) and is known to be evil ([[DramaticIrony at least]] by the audience, if not the heroes or ''[[CardCarryingVillain everyone in the setting]]'') -- you're not really surprised by their antisocial behavior. But the bully who lets someone die because he doesn't care is a whole new level in itself. It's not quite a MoralEventHorizon (in most cases), but it's certainly reprehensible.

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This can make the jerk be even more of a jerk, to the point of possibly being seen as evil, and can at times be [[AdultFear far more disturbing than a genuine villain threatening others' lives.lives]]. At least the villain both has a motive (even [[ForTheEvulz if it's simply]] [[{{Sadist}} enjoying the suffering they're causing]]) and is known to be evil ([[DramaticIrony at least]] by the audience, if not the heroes or ''[[CardCarryingVillain everyone in the setting]]'') -- you're not really surprised by their antisocial behavior. But the bully who lets someone die because he doesn't care is a whole new level in itself. It's not quite a MoralEventHorizon (in most cases), but it's certainly reprehensible.





--->'''Jaime''': If the dead win, they march south and kill us all. If the living win and we've betrayed them, they march south and kill us all!

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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Jaime Lannister [[Recap/GameOfThronesS7E7TheDragonAndTheWolf points out]] to Cersei that should the Crown not hold up to their bargain and aid the Targaryen-Northmen alliance against the Night King and his Army of the Undead, then the South should fully expect a punitive expedition driven by righteous anger and vengeance at the lack of gratitude. And that's ''exactly'' what happens when the Battle for the Dawn is won and Daenerys and her forces unleash a RoaringRampageOfRevenge on King's Landing.
--->'''Jaime''': If the dead win, they march south and kill us all. If the living win and we've betrayed them, they march south and kill us all!


* Downplayed in the first ''Film/{{Spiderman}}'' movie starring Tobey Maguire, as the victim of the robbery [[AssholeVictim had just screwed Peter out of a lot of money]] via LoopholeAbuse, and brushed him off with, "I missed the part where that was my problem," when he protested... words that Peter gleefully throws back in the guy's face as the robber gets away. This MomentOfWeakness still comes back to haunt him as standard.

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* Downplayed in the first ''Film/{{Spiderman}}'' movie starring Tobey Maguire, as the victim of the robbery [[AssholeVictim had just screwed Peter out of a lot of money]] via LoopholeAbuse, and brushed him off with, "I missed the part where that was my problem," when he protested... words that Peter [[IronicEcho gleefully throws back in the guy's face face]] as the robber gets away. This MomentOfWeakness still comes back to haunt him as standard.


* One recurring bystander in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' demonstrates this repeatedly, [[HateSink compounding it with]] a "not my problem" attitude.



* One recurring bystander in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' demonstrates this repeatedly, [[HateSink compounding it with]] a "not my problem" attitude.



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* In ''[[Film/{{Casper}} Casper: A Spirited Beginning]]'', a live-action movie, a bully locks a boy in the closet of a house which is about to be demolished. The bully is unaware that the house is going to be demolished, but his victim is in mortal danger.
** And even when he's told, his only response is "[[KickTheDog Cool!]]"

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* In ''[[Film/{{Casper}} Casper: A Spirited Beginning]]'', a live-action movie, a bully locks a boy in the closet of a house which is about to be demolished. The bully is unaware that the house is going to be demolished, but his victim is in mortal danger.
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danger. And even when he's told, his only response is "[[KickTheDog Cool!]]"






* In ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' and its many adaptations, this is zig-zagged with Willy Wonka, who is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Because the four bratty kids get into possibly-lethal danger when they disobey his explicit [[TheBeCarefulSpeech instructions]] and [[DontTouchItYouIdiot warnings]], he has NoSympathy -- as everyone else panics, he watches calmly as their fates play out, even snarking and/or laughing. And he [[SkewedPriorities worries more about how the smooth operations of his factory will be affected]]. Then again, this ''is'' his factory, so he knows how they can be rescued and/or restored to normal and takes steps to ensure that they are. Then again, he's perfectly willing to brush off the possibility that Veruca and her parents will be burned alive in an incinerator, and it's luck that saves them. ''Then again'', the brats ''are'' all {{Hate Sink}}s, rather than the innocent victims usually associated with this trope -- the reader is ultimately supposed to feel great satisfaction in their comeuppances. This is a major reason Mr. Wonka is an InterpretativeCharacter subject to {{Alternative Character Interpretation}}s, such as the [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2013 stage musical]] portraying him as an AmbiguouslyEvil AntiHero who isn't perturbed by the prospect of the kids ''[[DeathByAdaptation actually getting killed]]''.



* In ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' and its many adaptations, this is zig-zagged with Willy Wonka, who is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Because the four bratty kids get into possibly-lethal danger when they disobey his explicit [[TheBeCarefulSpeech instructions]] and [[DontTouchItYouIdiot warnings]], he has NoSympathy -- as everyone else panics, he watches calmly as their fates play out, even snarking and/or laughing. And he [[SkewedPriorities worries more about how the smooth operations of his factory will be affected]]. Then again, this ''is'' his factory, so he knows how they can be rescued and/or restored to normal and takes steps to ensure that they are. Then again, he's perfectly willing to brush off the possibility that Veruca and her parents will be burned alive in an incinerator, and it's luck that saves them. ''Then again'', the brats ''are'' all {{Hate Sink}}s, rather than the innocent victims usually associated with this trope -- the reader is ultimately supposed to feel great satisfaction in their comeuppances. This is a major reason Mr. Wonka is an InterpretativeCharacter subject to {{Alternative Character Interpretation}}s, such as the [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2013 stage musical]] portraying him as an AmbiguouslyEvil AntiHero who isn't perturbed by the prospect of the kids ''[[DeathByAdaptation actually getting killed]]''.

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* In ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' and its many adaptations, this is zig-zagged with Willy Wonka, who is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Because the four bratty kids get into possibly-lethal danger when they disobey his explicit [[TheBeCarefulSpeech instructions]] and [[DontTouchItYouIdiot warnings]], he has NoSympathy -- as everyone else panics, he watches calmly as their fates play out, even snarking and/or laughing. And he [[SkewedPriorities worries more about how the smooth operations of his factory will be affected]]. Then again, this ''is'' his factory, so he knows how they can be rescued and/or restored to normal and takes steps to ensure that they are. Then again, he's perfectly willing to brush off the possibility that Veruca and her parents will be burned alive in an incinerator, and it's luck that saves them. ''Then again'', the brats ''are'' all {{Hate Sink}}s, rather than the innocent victims usually associated with this trope -- the reader is ultimately supposed to feel great satisfaction in their comeuppances. This is a major reason Mr. Wonka is an InterpretativeCharacter subject to {{Alternative Character Interpretation}}s, such as the [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2013 stage musical]] portraying him as an AmbiguouslyEvil AntiHero who isn't perturbed by the prospect of the kids ''[[DeathByAdaptation actually getting killed]]''.

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* [[{{Jerkass}} Finn]] exhibits this multiple times in ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues''. When they're attacked by snake apparitions, and the other children are in a panic, he's utterly indifferent and even tells them to shut up. The next night, when Michal accidentally sets himself on fire, the other students desperately try to find a way to put him out while Finn ignores it in favour of skimming through his phone.



* In ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'', Laura, a little girl, locks protagonist James in a room with a boss monster. She has no idea that such a threat is even there, and is simply being a brat.
* The prologue of ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' has Max telling someone who just called his number to call 911 because someone has just broken into his house and his family is in danger. The lady caller's response? "Good. I'm afraid I cannot help you," followed by her hanging up. Though Max does try to save his family, it's of no use, as both his wife and his baby girl get killed by the junkies. It turns out later that the lady caller was [[spoiler:Nicole Horne, the BigBad of the game, who sent the junkies to Max's home for the express purpose of killing his wife to keep a major secret from getting out and was calling to ensure that the job was being carried out]].




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\n[[AC: Webcomics]]* The prologue of ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' has Max telling someone who just called his number to call 911 because someone has just broken into his house and his family is in danger. The lady caller's response? "Good. I'm afraid I cannot help you," followed by her hanging up. Though Max does try to save his family, it's of no use, as both his wife and his baby girl get killed by the junkies. It turns out later that the lady caller was [[spoiler:Nicole Horne, the BigBad of the game, who sent the junkies to Max's home for the express purpose of killing his wife to keep a major secret from getting out and was calling to ensure that the job was being carried out]].
* In ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'', Laura, a little girl, locks protagonist James in a room with a boss monster. She has no idea that such a threat is even there, and is simply being a brat.

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\n* Downplayed in the first ''Film/{{Spiderman}}'' movie starring Tobey Maguire, as the victim of the robbery [[AssholeVictim had just screwed Peter out of a lot of money]] via LoopholeAbuse, and brushed him off with, "I missed the part where that was my problem," when he protested... words that Peter gleefully throws back in the guy's face as the robber gets away. This MomentOfWeakness still comes back to haunt him as standard.



* Azama in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has this sort of cynical detachment as one of his main traits. In the cutscene that introduces him, his fellow bodyguard for Princess Hinoka begins sinking into quicksand in the middle of a battle, and rather than help her, he just shrugs, admits he isn't strong enough to pull her out, and stands back to watch what happens, forcing Hinoka to step in and pull her out herself.

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* Azama in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has this sort of cynical nihilistic detachment as one of his main traits. traits since he believes everything is predetermined and that life is meaningless since everyone is destined to die someday, so he sees everything bad that happens, up to and including the deaths of himself and people close to him, as nothing but nature taking its course. In the cutscene that introduces him, his fellow bodyguard for Princess Hinoka begins sinking into quicksand in the middle of a battle, and rather than help her, he just shrugs, admits he isn't strong enough to pull her out, and stands back to watch what happens, forcing Hinoka to step in and pull her out herself.
herself. In the opening to his daughter's recruitment chapter, Saizo is left shocked by Azama's rather flippant reaction to finding out the village his daughter lives in has been overrun by enemy forces and doesn't show any concern for her until he gets to the village and doesn't see her anywhere.


* Drives the entire plot of the 2010 ''Series/DoctorWho'' Christmas special "A Christmas Carol": a spaceship liner is about to crash and the only device that can save them can only be operated by a [[TheScrooge rich curmudgeon]] who refuses to use it apparently just because he doesn't care. Cue YetAnotherChristmasCarol.

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* Drives the entire plot of the 2010 ''Series/DoctorWho'' Christmas special "A "[[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol A Christmas Carol": Carol]]": a spaceship liner is about to crash and the only device that can save them can only be operated by a [[TheScrooge rich curmudgeon]] who refuses to use it apparently just because he doesn't care. Cue YetAnotherChristmasCarol.



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* Azama in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has this sort of cynical detachment as one of his main traits. In the cutscene that introduces him, his fellow bodyguard for Princess Hinoka begins sinking into quicksand in the middle of a battle, and rather than help her, he just shrugs, admits he isn't strong enough to pull her out, and stands back to watch what happens, forcing Hinoka to step in and pull her out herself.


* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Bob ([[SecretIdentity Mr. Incredible]]) notices during a meeting with his boss Mr. Huph that a man is being mugged and beaten up in the alley outside his window. Mr. Huph replies glibly, "Well, let's hope we don't cover him!" He then threatens to fire Bob if he leaves the meeting to stop the mugger. [[BerserkButton Bob doesn't take it]] [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom very well.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Bob ([[SecretIdentity Mr. Incredible]]) notices during a meeting with his boss Mr. Huph that a man is being mugged and beaten up in the alley outside his window. Mr. Huph replies glibly, "Well, let's hope we don't cover him!" He then threatens to fire Bob if he leaves the meeting to stop the mugger. [[BerserkButton [[UnstoppableRage Bob doesn't take it]] [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom very well.]]


** This is called "The Bystander Effect" - the OtherWiki has an article on it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bystander_effect here.]].

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** This is called "The Bystander Effect" - the OtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has an article on it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bystander_effect here.]].


* The final episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' had the main characters standing by and laughing as a fat guy was mugged (even filming it). They're arrested and charged under Good Samaritan laws. [[ArtisticLicenseLaw Of course, in reality "Good Samaritan Laws", rather than requiring people to put themselves in harms way or face legal penalties, do almost the exact opposite: protecting people who make a good faith effort to help others in an emergency (like trying to perform CPR without being trained) from being sued for damages if they end up doing more harm than good]].

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* The final episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' had the main characters standing by and laughing as a fat guy was mugged (even filming it). They're arrested and charged under Good Samaritan laws. [[ArtisticLicenseLaw Of course, in reality "Good Samaritan Laws", rather than requiring people to put themselves in harms harm's way or face legal penalties, do almost the exact opposite: protecting people who make a good faith effort to help others in an emergency (like trying to perform CPR without being trained) from being sued for damages if they end up doing more harm than good]].


* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Wonderbolt Academy", Rainbow Dash's partner Lightning Dust decides to whip up a tornado to help them score more points on a cloud-clearing exercise, even though they out-score the other teams several times over. The tornado not only throws around and endangers the other teams, but also demolishes the Twinkling Balloon, sending Dash's friends (who were making a surprise visit) plummeting to their doom. After they are rescued, Rainbow Dash calls Lightning Dust out on what she did - and she responds, "Yeah, and?" For some reason, Lightning Dust is ''not'' well liked by much of the fandom.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Wonderbolt Academy", Rainbow Dash's partner Lightning Dust decides to whip up a tornado to help them score more points on a cloud-clearing exercise, even though they out-score the other teams several times over. The tornado not only throws around and endangers the other teams, but also demolishes the Twinkling Balloon, sending Dash's friends (who were making a surprise visit) plummeting to their doom. After they are rescued, Rainbow Dash calls Lightning Dust out on what she did - and she responds, "Yeah, and?" For some reason, Lightning Dust is ''not'' well liked by much of the fandom.
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->'''Mr. Huph''': Well let's hope we don't cover him!

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->'''Mr. Huph''': Well Well, let's hope we don't cover him!



A scene in which someone is in mortal danger, but the one person nearby who could help that individual doesn't care, or doesn't realize the extent of the danger. That person isn't necessarily the villain, that person could simply be a complete jerk, but either way, the individual's brush with death is brushed off as unimportant by someone who has the potential to help out.

This can make the jerk be even more of a jerk, to the point of possibly being seen as evil, and can at times be far more disturbing than a genuine villain threatening others' lives. At least the villain both has a motive and is known to be evil. But the bully who lets someone die because he doesn't care is a whole new level in itself. It's not quite a MoralEventHorizon (in most cases), but it's certainly reprehensible.

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A scene in which someone is in mortal danger, but the one person nearby who could help that individual doesn't care, or doesn't realize the extent of the danger. That person isn't necessarily the villain, that person could simply villain -- after all, they're not necessarily ''causing'' the emergency -- and may very well be nothing more than [[{{Jerkass}} a complete jerk, jerk]], but either way, the endangered individual's brush with death is brushed off as unimportant by someone who has the potential to help out.

This can make the jerk be even more of a jerk, to the point of possibly being seen as evil, and can at times be far more disturbing than a genuine villain threatening others' lives. At least the villain both has a motive (even [[ForTheEvulz if it's simply]] [[{{Sadist}} enjoying the suffering they're causing]]) and is known to be evil.evil ([[DramaticIrony at least]] by the audience, if not the heroes or ''[[CardCarryingVillain everyone in the setting]]'') -- you're not really surprised by their antisocial behavior. But the bully who lets someone die because he doesn't care is a whole new level in itself. It's not quite a MoralEventHorizon (in most cases), but it's certainly reprehensible.


This can make the jerk be even more of a jerk, to the point of possibly being seen as evil, and can at times be far more disturbing than a genuine villain threatening others' lives. At least the villain both has a motive and is known to be evil. But the bully who lets someone die because he doesn't care, is a whole new level in itself.

May lead to MurderByInaction.

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This can make the jerk be even more of a jerk, to the point of possibly being seen as evil, and can at times be far more disturbing than a genuine villain threatening others' lives. At least the villain both has a motive and is known to be evil. But the bully who lets someone die because he doesn't care, care is a whole new level in itself.itself. It's not quite a MoralEventHorizon (in most cases), but it's certainly reprehensible.

May lead to MurderByInaction.
MurderByInaction. Compare BystanderSyndrome.

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