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* ''Fanfic/IdTradeMyLifeForYours'': In the eyes of Motherkuma, the dramatic and murder themed events of the killing game are good for ratings while the pleasant and tranquil events between the students are boring, ergo bad for ratings.
* Nasthalthia Luthor from ''Fanfic/KaraOfRokyn'' is a villain because she finds honest life incredibly boring.
-->'''Nasthalthia:''' I guess I got a little of what [[ComicBook/LexLuthor Lex]] was infected with, genetically. Not any of the science stuff, but— You know how straights are, and how straight life is. Soooo boring. I found out about guys, cycles, drugs, and privilege in short order. Got off drugs. Got myself a real cycle gang while I was in college, Nasty's Nasties. Dad 'n' Mom didn't approve, but I didn't give a damn as long as they kept the money coming. Then they cut it off.
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* [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]] has said that the protagonists of his [[Literature/TheCulture Culture]] novels are (usually) Special Circumstances operatives (the Culture's equivalent of diplomats, commandos and MagnificentBastard all rolled into one) or non-Culture citizens precisely because the vast majority of the Culture's everyday life - non-alienated people going about their fulfilling lives, respecting and being respected by their community in a post-scarcity anarchistic metasociety - just wouldn't make for particularly gripping reading. Lampshaded in-universe on a few occasions.

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* [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]] Creator/IainBanks has said that the protagonists of his [[Literature/TheCulture Culture]] ''Literature/TheCulture'' novels are (usually) Special Circumstances operatives (the Culture's equivalent of diplomats, commandos and MagnificentBastard all rolled into one) or non-Culture citizens precisely because the vast majority of the Culture's everyday life - non-alienated people going about their fulfilling lives, respecting and being respected by their community in a post-scarcity anarchistic metasociety - just wouldn't make for particularly gripping reading. Lampshaded in-universe on a few occasions.



* As of ''TabletopGame/AgeOfSigmar'', Chaos has succeeded in overrunning the world... and now that they have noe one to really fight against except each other, the Chaos tribes are desperately bored, growing fat and weak. The reveal that the champions of Order have ascended to godhood was greeted with joy because they finally had something to do.

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* As of ''TabletopGame/AgeOfSigmar'', ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'', Chaos has succeeded in overrunning the world... and now that they have noe no one to really fight against except each other, the Chaos tribes are desperately bored, growing fat and weak. The reveal that the champions of Order have ascended to godhood was greeted with joy because they finally had something to do.



* In the opening to ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames Link: Faces of Evil]]'', Link feels this way:
-->'''Link''': ''"Gee, it sure is BORING around here!"''
-->'''[[AllThereInTheManual King Harkinian]]''': ''"[[MemeticMutation Mah boi]], this peace is what '''all''' true warriors strive for!"''
-->'''Link:''' ''"[[YouJustHadToSayIt I just wonder what Ganon's up to!]]"''

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In the opening to ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames Link: Faces of Evil]]'', Link feels this way:
-->'''Link''': --->'''Link''': ''"Gee, it sure is BORING around here!"''
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'''[[AllThereInTheManual
King Harkinian]]''': ''"[[MemeticMutation Mah boi]], this peace is what '''all''' true warriors strive for!"''
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for!"''\\
'''Link:'''
''"[[YouJustHadToSayIt I just wonder what Ganon's up to!]]"''


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* As of ''TabletopGame/AgeOfSigmar'', Chaos has succeeded in overrunning the world... and now that they have noe one to really fight against except each other, the Chaos tribes are desperately bored, growing fat and weak. The reveal that the champions of Order have ascended to godhood was greeted with joy because they finally had something to do.


This trope is a sister trope to EvilIsCool, particularly when TheVillainMakesThePlot because it's usually the villain stirring things up. Likewise, it is invoked in settings with AHellOfATime- since if Good is Boring and Evil is Interesting, then the interesting plots happen where all the bad guys are dumped.

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This trope is a sister trope to EvilIsCool, particularly when TheVillainMakesThePlot because [[VillainsActHeroesReact it's usually the villain stirring things up.up]]. Likewise, it is invoked in settings with AHellOfATime- since if Good is Boring and Evil is Interesting, then the interesting plots happen where all the bad guys are dumped.


* In ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', [EvilTwin Belinda Zee]] thinks ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'s heroism impossibly dull and uncool.

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* In ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', [EvilTwin [[EvilTwin Belinda Zee]] thinks ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'s heroism impossibly dull and uncool.


* Towards the end of ''ComicBook/{{Supergod}}'', the artificial metahuman Daijal who can see all possible timelines at once reveals that the joining of Krishna and Jerry Craven will result in a Singularity-based utopia... which is why Daijal immediately detonates himself and destroys the world because he considers utopia to be so boring that extinction is preferable.

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* Towards the end of ''ComicBook/{{Supergod}}'', the artificial metahuman Daijal who can see all possible timelines at once reveals that the joining of Krishna In ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', [EvilTwin Belinda Zee]] thinks ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'s heroism impossibly dull and Jerry Craven will result in a Singularity-based utopia... which is why Daijal immediately detonates himself and destroys the world because he considers utopia to be so boring that extinction is preferable.uncool.



* ''Film/TheMatrix'', Version 1.0, as told by Agent Smith:
-->'''Agent Smith:''' Did you know that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world? Where none suffered, where everyone would be happy. It was a disaster. No one would accept the program. Entire crops were lost.

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-->'''Agent --->'''Agent Smith:''' Did you know that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world? Where none suffered, where everyone would be happy. It was a disaster. No one would accept the program. Entire crops were lost.


* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' {{discusse|dDtrope}}s this [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]] with the [[https://oglaf.com/kudos/ Paladins for Group Sex:]]

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* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' {{discusse|dDtrope}}s {{discusse|dTrope}}s this [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]] with the [[https://oglaf.com/kudos/ Paladins for Group Sex:]]

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-->''"We believe that evil gains a foothold when goodness is really fucking dull."''



In fact a classic definition of the difference between reality and fiction is (paraphrased): In real life, good people are interesting and bad people are boring. In fiction, it is the other way around.


Compare and contrast BoringButPractical (which this trope can also be paired with). Contrast EvilIsCool and GoodFeelsGood. Can result from a BoringInvincibleHero and is a common complaint regarding the PuritySue. Tangentially related to VictoryIsBoring, which can occur with both good and evil characters. One possible reason why AllGirlsWantBadBoys.

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Compare and contrast BoringButPractical (which this trope can also be paired with). Contrast EvilIsCool and GoodFeelsGood. Can result from a BoringInvincibleHero and is a common complaint regarding the PuritySue. Tangentially related to VictoryIsBoring, which can occur with both good and evil characters. One possible reason why AllGirlsWantBadBoys.

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* In Season 3 of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' Henry's memories have been altered by a spell causing him to forget his real life. He has no idea that David and Mary Margaret are both Prince Charming and Snow White and his grandparents, and finds them to be very boring. They are highly offended when Emma tells them this, apparently they thought they were cool.

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* Creator/GeorgeOrwell claimed this was why most {{utopia}}s tend to bore people, whereas {{dystopia}}s are interesting. He felt it was reflective of older depictions for {{heaven}} and {{hell}}.


** Averted by the LawfulGood {{heaven}}: people reunite with their dead friends and enjoy idealized versions of mortal activities (like the Tavern of [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex Infinite One Night Stands]]) for as long as they want to, moving on to more spiritually fulfilling pursuits as they let go of their old lives.
*** But then arguably confirmed by Word of God in a forum post. When you go far enough along the process "that is specifically what the afterlife does. It makes you into a cookie-cutter clone of everyone of the same alignment. It may take centuries to do so, but all the people at the top of the mountain? Completely indistinguishable from one another. Arguably, that is the purpose of the D&D afterlife—to turn flawed mortal souls into perfect alignment-batteries, through various methodologies. ... In Celestia (LG), you meditate until you renounce all worldly concerns". So the start of the afterlife is fun. The end, not so much. By the same token, Hell is a place where you're tortured until you're not even a person any more, and the end result is that you no longer want any more experiences. People in Celestia can also apparently go back down and have more fun at the first tier of the mountain anyway, so it's hardly a punishment for LG people at least.

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** Averted by the LawfulGood {{heaven}}: people reunite with their dead friends and enjoy idealized versions of mortal activities (like the Tavern of [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex Infinite One Night Stands]]) for as long as they want to, moving on to more spiritually fulfilling pursuits as they let go of their old lives.
*** But then arguably confirmed by Word of God in a forum post. When you go far enough along
lives. Although the process "that is specifically what ends in LossOfIdentity when they become spiritual embodiments of their alignment, that's the afterlife does. It makes you into a cookie-cutter clone ultimate goal of everyone of the same alignment. It may take centuries to do so, but all the people at the top of the mountain? Completely indistinguishable from one another. Arguably, that is the purpose of the D&D afterlife—to turn flawed mortal souls into perfect alignment-batteries, through various methodologies. ... In Celestia (LG), you meditate until you renounce all worldly concerns". So the start of the afterlife is fun. The end, not so much. By the same token, Hell is a place where you're tortured until you're not even a person any more, and the end result is that you no longer want any more experiences. People in Celestia can also apparently go back down and have more fun at the first tier of the mountain anyway, so it's hardly a punishment for LG people at least.every afterlife.

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* ''Literature/NightfallSeries'': Myra struggles with this, as well as with EvilIsCool. She loves her friends at the Resistance, but cannot find anyone who understands her love for art and literature. Vampires, while evil, can open her mind in ways she had never imagined, while the humans are too focused on survival to care about much else.

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* The BigBad of ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' believes in this, [[spoiler:her "Ultimate Analyst" skill maker her able to see every outcome of everything, therefore, the normal, harmonic world of the game is boring to her, while despair creates unpredictable situations, which is funnier for her, so she decides to cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt ForTheLulz.]]

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