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What's the other opposite of this trope called? Like, instead of Following Orders, they don't do anything heroic until ordered to do so?
Why should there be no real life examples. I think this line from the Universal Declaration for Human Rights is connected with the topic "Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law". Basically it says that human rights need to be protected, because other wise people will decide to protect it themselves, violently.
Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters, etc.
That's not entirely fair, though- that'd disagreement about if they actually were right- which can be handled by saying "please restrict examples to cases where there is no dispute about if the person breaking the rules acted correctly" rather than "no real life examples at all"
For instance, the Russian who didn't pass on a nuke launch warning despite regulations because he was certain it was a false alarm, preventing nuclear winter over what was indeed a computer error (had he made the report, it's been confirmed Russia would have launched nukes- and he knew it)- he broke the rules, but for a pretty much unimpeachable reason.
This page needs a disclaimer to make it clear TV tropes is not endorsing the character's moral stands in all these cases.
not precisely- a disclaimer saying "these examples are restricted to cases where the character is considered justified IN-UNIVERSE- Blue And Orange Morality may, of course, apply." would work better.
I wish this trope had been named "Screw the Rules, I Have Morality!!"
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