Follow TV Tropes


Playing With / Ungrateful Townsfolk

Go To

Basic Trope: Common civilians screw over the heroes.

  • Straight: Hiro, Ichigo, Dash, Kowalski and Rachel are passing through the town of Redvale. That night, the innkeeper contacts Emperor Evulz' soldiers, hoping to turn the heroes in and collect the bounty on their heads.
  • Exaggerated: While the heroes are sleeping, the mayor rallies the whole town to attack, overpower, and capture the unwary party.
  • Downplayed: Emperor Evulz shows up and asks the innkeeper which way the heroes went, and although the innkeeper isn't about to go out of his way to screw over the heroes, he tells him, "Thattaway."
  • Justified:
    • The villagers don't believe such a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits could possibly defeat the Emperor, and believe they'd be better served by the reward money/getting in good with Evulz.
    • The Mayor was appointed by Emperor Evulz, and knows that if the heroes succeed, he'll lose his power and position.
    • All the citizens of Redvale know is that there's a bounty on the group's heads; they aren't aware that it's because they're trying to save the world.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Though the innkeeper recognizes Hiro and his band as outlaws wanted by the Emperor, he keeps silent, supporting their efforts to overturn the evil regime.
  • Advertisement:
  • Double Subverted: The innkeeper doesn't betray them... but his son also recognizes them, and wants the reward.
  • Parodied: The heroes are abducted in their sleep and dragged into the forest, as part of an eccentric festival.
  • Zig Zagged: The innkeeper considers turning the heroes over, but balks at the thought of betraying his customers. However, the reward money is too tempting, since that much cash would allow him to move his family out of the empire. So he informs the Emperor, but only after luring Ichigo away from the group because he Wouldn't Hurt a Child. When she comes back, he gloats about what he did, which turns out to be a ploy to tell her how to find them. Ichigo, being quite powerful for her age, manages to save the others — and it's hinted the innkeeper knew she was powerful enough to do this, and even if she failed, she'd still be safe and he'd still get the money.
  • Advertisement:
  • Averted: The town's people pay no attention to the heroes.
  • Enforced: "What's Darker and Edgier than heroes betrayed by the people they're trying to save?"
  • Lampshaded: "You townspeople suck! We're trying to help you!"
  • Invoked: Emperor Evulz learns that Hiro and his friends are in that area and sends his soldiers to interview the locals, offering vast rewards in exchange for any information leading to their capture.
  • Exploited: Emperor Evulz spreads rumors about untrustyworthy townpeople to make the heroes too paranoid to stay in towns, thereby denying them supplies and recruits.
  • Defied: The mayor of Redvale makes every concession possible to assure the heroes of their safety and imprisons anyone who thinks of betraying them.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • The villagers of Redvale betrayed the heroes to gain Evulz's good graces and/or reward. Evulz, being evil, doesn't care and continues treating them horribly.
    • The townspeople bitterly cut off Hiro's attempt at Shaming the Mob by revealing that many of them were refugees from other reprisals of Emperor Evulz — reprisals that came as a result of believing in their ability to stand up to the emperor as long as they believed in themselves and wandering plucky heroes like him. Eventually, this causes Hiro to shoot back by simply telling them that they are beyond saving and proceeding to leave them to their deaths by telling them that, should they survive, they will get a bitter taste of their own medicine once Evulz dies. A tragedy strikes Redvale in the future and no one helps them because of their reputation.
  • Reconstructed: Though Redvale's betrayal shakes the team to their core, Hiro becomes even more determined to liberate the region so that they won't live in such fear and feel they have to hurt heroes anymore. And once the region is saved, Redvale is now being mistrusted by all the other towns in the region for betraying the heroes.
  • Played For Drama:

Back to Ungrateful Townsfolk, and we don't want to see you villagers again, after you purposefully left us for dead and did horrible things to us.

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: