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Basic Trope: Good guys are portrayed as boring and uninteresting.

  • Straight: Bob is portrayed as a generic Ideal Hero in contrast to the more exciting Emperor Evulz.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is so pure and righteous that the characters (and the audience) would rather go to sleep than to listen to his lectures about morality. Emperor Evulz is so sadistic and ruthless that the characters would rather join him.
  • Downplayed: Bob is so much of a Nice Guy that this bores Alice who would rather go out with Brad.
  • Justified:
    Alice: Emperor Evulz has cool weapons, cool venues, and he's even kind of cool himself! Why aren't you more like that?
    Bob: Emperor Evulz Has the time and the money to look cool. We don't.
    • Bob decides that it's better to be "boring" and be morally upstanding than to be "interesting" and distract himself from the task at hand.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Bob's motivations are just as interesting as Emperor Evulz's...
  • Double Subverted: Unfortunately, Bob's development treads the same notes as other heroes who try to "break the mold", effectively looking generic by comparison.
  • Parodied: Bob's mere presence puts the enemy to sleep. His teammates use his moral nature as a natural remedy for insomnia.
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  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Coolness is not a main focus in hero vs villain stories.
    • Good and Evil are cool!
  • Enforced: The writer believes that Evil Is Cool and wants to reflect on that by intending his heroes to be boring.
  • Lampshaded: "Oh great. Here comes Mr. Goody-Goody-Two-Shoes."
  • Invoked:
    • Emperor Evulz uses a strawman to convince the public that he is worth noticing.
    • The Powers That Be decide that the safest bet to pick as The Chosen One is the most moral, unwavering, and uninteresting person around. It just happens that Bob fit the description.
  • Exploited: Bob gets Emperor Evulz to keep the heroes alive by pointing out without "boring" heroism, the concept of Evil being "interesting" loses its meaning.
  • Defied: Bob decides that there's no point toppling the tyrannical regime of evil if the forces of good are just going to be rigid and stuffy and oppress people the same amount from a different angle. So he goes a different route.
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  • Discussed: "Why is it that good guys always manage to make people go to sleep?"
  • Conversed: "Bob is on television again. Yawn."
  • Deconstructed: Bob's upstanding purity causes his teammates to defect to Emperor Evulz, believing there will be more interesting events occuring. They are initially right: A couple of days under Evulz's leadership seems better than what they're used to. However, the longer they stay, the more used to all the hedonism and violence they become, and they end up just as bored as they used to be when they were with Bob. In the end, they learn their problem wasn't with Good and Evil, but with stagnation and variation.
  • Reconstructed: Good is stable, not boring. If Bob wants to take a day out on the lake, he can, completely guilt-free, and with that comes a certain amount of peace of mind, the kind Evulz just doesn't have, for one reason or another.
  • Played For Drama:
    • Bob points out that it says a lot about his teammates when their concept of "entertainment" is making their own lives interesting at the expense of everyone else.
    • Emperor Evulz wins over the populace by citing this trope, but as they soon find out, "interesting" doesn't necessarily mean "fun".

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