|“||[Chris] blocked me too. We defend her, buy from her and encourage her. A truly repulsive person.||”|
|Former white knight David90637947.|
White knight is a term used to describe someone who goes on the Internet to help or defend someone else against other people, out of pity or compassion, or for ulterior motives. White knighting of Chris is especially prevalent because of the sheer volume of abuse he's taken ever since he found his Encyclopedia Dramatica page in 2007, which in turn is caused by Chris's total unwillingness to heed any of his many white knights.
Counter-trolls are those who take Chris's side to spite his trolls. Some do this because trolling one gullible idiot is less satisfying than trolling trolls, who actually have the ability to understand what is going on. Others have decided that Chris has jumped the shark and are trying to make everyone else leave him alone to put a stop to an old meme.
In the broader internet trolling community, a wide range of people, from neutral observers to even his greatest trolls, are accused of being white knights. This is mostly due to Chris's "fans" discouraging Weening, Enabling and A-Logging, acts which, to outside observers, could be misinterpreted as an attempt to reduce trolling. Many of these outside observers are also confused by the tendency of Chris's trolls, including his most prolific ones, trying to get him to improve his life, as they don't know Chris well enough to know it's nigh impossible to get him to improve using the "soft touch". So when the label "white knight" gets thrown around, take it with a grain of salt.
A meta-topic within the broader Chris saga has been the merits of attempting to help Chris stop being a lolcow, and whether he is deserving of such assistance, or even beyond help. Once upon a time, the consensus on forums such as the talk page for Chris's ED article, /cwc/, PVCC, and #sonichu was that Chris's racism, homophobia, and narcissism made him beneath contempt; and that he has consistently refused to take advice given to him in good faith.
Today, however, Chris's racism and homophobia are slowly ebbing away along with his mom's influence over him, and A-Logging is no longer as fashionable as it once was. Accordingly, nowadays, opinion on the matter is somewhat divided on whether Chris is capable of improvement, although most agree that if Chris is going to improve, it will not be in any large part due to the efforts of third parties because, in the main, he is still too proud and stubborn to accept advice.
Some believe that Chris is improving on his own, albeit slowly and in small increments, as seen in his gradual abandonment of his homophobia, which began with him declaring tolerance for lesbians, which he eventually extended to gay men. Others believe that Chris has not tangibly improved, that he has merely moved sideways, rather than forward. Many of these believe that Chris cannot improve, for example, his tugboat, his public misadventures and the thorough documentation of his sordid dealings online make employment all but an impossibility for Chris. Many more quibble over what can be defined as Chris "improving". Some have proposed that Chris improving need not necessarily mean becoming a functioning adult, which at this stage would be an uphill battle for Chris anyway. Rather, they claim that Chris is improving in that he is happier than he once was. He has found a new hangout where he stands to improve his social skills and make friends. Moreover, he has finally found a way to cash in on his e-fame, delighted his fanbase by resuming the comics and made his dreams of a Sonichu media empire a reality, albeit probably on a much smaller scale than he once envisaged.
In any case, the consensus on white knights and counter-trolls has remained somewhat consistent; they are and always have been seen as wasting everyone's time by trolls and Christorians alike, who accordingly have little patience for them.
- 1 Motives
- 2 Arguments against white knighting
- 2.1 Chris lacks empathy himself
- 2.2 Chris’ problems are beyond Autism
- 2.3 Chris cares only for himself
- 2.4 Chris is not a good net citizen
- 2.5 Chris will reject your advice
- 2.6 The stresses of white-knighting
- 2.7 Chris will not even read your message
- 2.8 The trolling will not cease
- 2.9 Chris's upbringing doesn't justify his actions
- 2.10 Chris's life would still be a disaster even if the trolls never bothered him
- 2.11 Chris's white knights are making him worse
- 2.12 White knights are now nearly indistinguishable from weens
- 3 Examples
- 4 Chris as a White Knight
- 5 Conclusion
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Following the release of Chris's first nudes and the video in which he reacted to the loss of his medallions and Blanca, many people, including trolls, felt sorry for him. They had not expected it to be possible for him to be trolled so hard or for him to appear so shattered.
The internet is full of autistic people, manchildren, and self-absorbed morons. Many of them are right here, fascinated with Chris. All of them see something of themselves in him, whether it's his obesity, his all-consuming need for female companionship, or his fervent belief that his homemade comics matter. A lot of white knights have made at least some of the mistakes Chris has made and have since wised up. They think they can help improve Chris by offering the benefit of their experience.
Circumstances beyond Chris's control
Chris fails to identify people, a possible sign of Prosopagnosia. Julie and her brother Max used the same voice, and yet Chris couldn't recognize that they were the same person. Emily played numerous real-life characters, and yet Chris fell for every one of them. Pictures of different women were used to depict Blanca, and yet Chris thought they were the same person. Chris believed that pictures of Megan Fox were of Vanessa Hudgens. In high school, Chris memorized his appearance in the mirror because he had trouble recognizing himself. Since he's never "updated" his self-image, this is a possible explanation regarding why he denies being overweight.
Chris' autism also means that he thinks, and sees the world, in simplistic, binary terms; he cannot easily "read between the lines" or detect sarcasm, or practically any kind of nuance or subtlety. He interprets Family Guy as actually being against homosexuality. When two male acquaintances at the GAMe PLACe exchanged sarcastic homosexual remarks, Chris concluded that they were gay. It is also thought that his decision to go tomgirl was at least partially due to him taking advice to "get in touch with his feminine side" literally.
The trolls are even worse people than Chris
Another frequently heard line of reasoning is that the trolls have gone way too far, and have demonstrated that they're even worse than Chris, or at least equally pathetic. For example, BlueSpike's sadistic abuse of his control over Chris outraged even trolls. The less sophisticated bulk of the trolling was the work of A-Logs and weens, who are frowned upon even by trolls, and rightfully so. And, of course, who really has no life here: Chris, or the people who obsessively document and debate everything he does?
Arguments against white knighting
Chris lacks empathy himself
Chris cannot put himself in your shoes or accept that you have been where he is. He has no "theory of mind": if you used to be as shy around women as he is today, in his mind the fact that you aren't shy anymore makes your experience inapplicable to his situation. To Chris, the fact you got over it and he hasn't yet makes the two cases entirely different. He doesn't want to solve his problems by trying what worked for you, he only wants you to pity him for having problems, until he magically dreams up his own solution. In recent years, many have even began to opine that Chris doesn't even want help; as can be observed in his frequent outbursts on Facebook, what he really wants is to exploit his own misfortune to get pity, attention and gifts. It is also theorized that helping him is pointless because Chris is well-known for always wanting to have his cake and eat it. Even if he woke up tomorrow morning and found that all of his dreams had come true, he'd still concoct new grievances.
Chris’ problems are beyond Autism
Autism, in and of itself, does not explain what has gone so terribly wrong in Chris’ life. A majority of autistic people manage to (or at least try their best to) get professional help for their problem and/or are able to develop social and emotional skills through practice, so they can minimize the impact of their disability and lead rewarding and rich lives; or at the very least, humble and unobtrusive ones.
While Chris acknowledges he has a problem, he has never willingly done anything more than see the pastoral counselor at his church. While Shoemaker can provide moral support, she is not a psychologist or psychiatrist – she isn't professionally trained in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Chris eventually dismissed her anyway.
Chris seems not to respond to concerns about his mental wellbeing.This is because Chris values his ego to a damaging degree and by looking at many of Chris’ misadventures it might be the primary cause of his troubles. To illustrate this point, many of the people Chris has hated the most were not trolls who went out of their way to be cruel to and humiliate him, but people that had gotten in the way of things he wanted, regardless if it was intentional or not. For example, Wes Iseli for dating a girl he liked, Adam Stackhouse for winning a contest he wanted to win, or Mary Lee Walsh for prohibiting his attraction sign on campus.
Chris’ psyche was always questionable especially due to the ill-advised parenting he received throughout his life, but it appears to be getting worse. To fully understand the depth of what’s really wrong with Chris’ ego is so vast it has allowed him to create and sustain to a false reality he now lives in. Christorians have noted he has never ever been receptive to hearing things he doesn’t like. This is what has made him vulnerable to being fooled time and time again, because trolls and weens know reinforcing Chris' desires, attitudes and beliefs rather than challenging them is what makes him take notice. This unfortunately means having good intentions to help him are more likely to not ever reach him.
Any reason you could find for believing that you can save Chris is a delusion. Chris views all relationships as one-sided opportunism. He goes from person to person and community to community only to get expelled by them for his unacceptable behavior. The worst part for Chris’ sake is that he does not learn from any of this. This is a cycle that anyone who has followed his misadventures is familiar with, and it is safe to say your efforts to change or help him will be no different. Anonymous strangers, as well-meaning as they may be, are not equipped with the proper resources to help Chris, especially as Chris continues to get banned throughout Charlottesville many times without the help of trolls or weens.
Chris cares only for himself
Chris spends your tax money on luxuries and steals from his parents to buy random video games that he will never play, and even DLC for games he doesn't own. He had the basic skills necessary to hold down a job (there are jobs that do not require him to interact much with other people), and programs exist specifically to find appropriate jobs for the mentally challenged, but Chris hasn't even tried since being fired from Wendy's.
Further reinforcing his selfishness and laziness, Chris and his family strongly agree it's better for him to hole up in his room and get paid for doing nothing than to accept the challenge of finding gainful employment in the real world. This is based on the false assertion that Chris can earn more on welfare than from a job. By taking advantage of the government through vastly exaggerated claims of an easily manageable condition which they refuse to help Chris treat, Chris's parents are assured a steady income in the form of his room-and-board payments, and don't have to worry about Chris getting in trouble with the law again when he has another meltdown in public.
His steadfast belief that he can get more money by doing nothing as opposed to getting a job is best underscored in his in an April 2017 Facebook post, where he explains why he refuses to get a job.
One of his real-life friends tell him that there are services that help people like him get a job, and says she was able to land a job through those services. Chris replies saying that he's too prone to anxiety and shock, and a troll responds that the very fears of getting a job that he's describing are actually very normal for people new to the workforce. She later tells him concerning his refusal to get a job that it's OK as "Not everyone wants to work," but clarifies that "it's OK not to work when you don't need money." That, however, never crosses Chris's mind, especially considering the Chandlers' financial problems that they're in.
But just in case you needed any solid proof of Chris' outright selfishness, it basically came straight from the horse's mouth during his trial. When asked if he understood that he'll be paying his court fees:
|“||"Yes. My mother will be taking care of that."||”|
Keep in mind that the money being used to bail him out of a mess that he caused is coming out of an ailing old widow's purse while Chris nonchalantly throws his own money away, as evidenced by his PSN activity mere months later. Also, in 2013, he further hammers this point home by complaining about having to take care of Barb with Bob's passing, concerned more about his free time and Michael Snyder (somehow) taking his money away.
Many observers have admitted that it is too late for Chris to get a job now: in addition to his various run-ins with the law and his local reputation for public tantrums, violence and generally making a nuisance of himself, Chris is over 39 years old with only one bad month of employment back in 2001, and a CADD certificate with no practical value. On top of this, even if he did do a complete 180 on his priorities against all the odds and started applying for work again, his potential place(s) of employment will more than likely be harassed repeatedly by weens and A-logs into dismissing him as soon as possible (much as they have already have with various places and events Chris has visited, as well as people whose online content he enjoys), which no business will want to risk going through by taking him on. Even then, Chris habitually neglecting his Ebay and Etsy customers demonstrates his very poor work ethic despite him — through art commissions, merchandise, getting back into drawing his comics, selling relics from the classic era of trolling, etc. — having an easy, or at least manageable, means of doing moderately well for himself right on his doorstep; further decreasing the already-miniscule chances of him ever being employed again.
Chris is not a good net citizen
|“||I will have NO DISCUSSIONS GOING ON BEHIND MY BACK ON MY OWN WEBSITE WHATSOEVER!||”|
|Chris, on reader participation via Twitter.|
Chris is more concerned with spreading his own honest content than being a good net citizen. On the internet, his demeanor is comparable to that of a spammer: who cares about things like terms of service and account suspensions and masses of pissed-off people as long as his message gets through? He won't participate in the communities of the sites he posts on. This is not mere passivity in those communities, which is generally tolerable; he deliberately opposes such participation. Most people, while not bothering to contribute to communities, would at least not make deliberate efforts to hinder them. On deviantART, YouTube and Flipnote Hatena, he disables all comments, probably because he knew he'd not get any praise anyway, yet this ignores the fact that open commenting is part of the nature of these sites and disabling comments should be done only if it's being used for flagrant abuses of the system, like spam, excessive trolling, and votebotting. He regards YouTube purely as a video publishing venue and not as a tool for engaging in discussion with his "fans". He created his Wikipedia user page purely to spread his own message, and did not come to the site to participate in building an encyclopedia. If the site owners block him, he just comes up with another account or a sockpuppet. Thoughts of apologizing, getting old accounts reinstated, or the possibility that people who block him might be trying to send him a message never cross his mind.
Chris's behavior on the CWCipedia provides many more examples of his selfish attitude, such as the banner ad crisis in late 2009. He doesn't understand what it really means that the website is neither hosted nor paid for by him personally, and what sort of things the administration typically does on a website like his. He can't or won't understand simple principles like "webhost's house, webhost's rules," or "beggars can't be choosers," but instead believes that since the site has his name on it, it should be run according to his every demand.
Chris will reject your advice
Someone once carefully explained to Chris why he is a sexist. In response, Chris got angry. He is only interested in a guide on how to attract women without first making any changes to himself. Most ridiculously, he denies being overweight.
If you ever get some free time, read Vivian Gee's AIM chat. Vivian used to be a counter-troll, and warned Chris several times that PandaHalo was a troll. Chris fell for Panda anyway. She then tried to talk some sense into him over AIM. But Chris proved to be so stubborn, she threw in the towel and became a troll out of spite. In her words:
|“||i've tried for 3 hours now; it's like fighting a wall, i can't beat the wall no matter how hard i try.||”|
|Vivian, thoroughly summing up how it feels to try to smack some sense into Chris.|
Not only has she long since joined the troll ranks, but Chris even began berating and sending threats to the woman who was once his biggest defender ever.
The stresses of white-knighting
In order to get close to Chris, white knights have to spend at least as much time and effort as trolls to keep up-to-date on his activities. Most have to lie and pretend to be a goddess of another dimension, or a random OC, to even capture his attention. This, combined with Chris's habit of pushing away anyone who tries to connect with him, is enough to make any sane non-psychologist crash into slumber. A key example of this is the enabler MKR, who frequently came into conflicts with Jacob Sockness and his other enabling ilk while trying to warn Chris of the danger of letting Sockness get close - though for narcissistic reasons, as to some extent MKR simply wanted to keep Chris to herself. Regardless of whether they're white knighting for their own gain, or out of some misguided effort to help Chris, White knights will find themselves experiencing unprecedented levels of stress; this is one of the reasons why many simply give up.
Chris will not even read your message
The spam filter is a powerful innovation of good ol' America Online. Any e-mails sent to his address will be left unread and deleted. Even back in the days of the Mailbag, any emails submitted to it, if they even got published, would've been given one-word replies and ignored.
The trolling will not cease
Even on the off-chance that white knights do get through to Chris somehow, there is no endgame in which Chris will be free from trolls before his death.
In school, Chris was trolled by his classmates. He was even trolled by one of his real-life friends. In college, he was trolled by friends who grew sick of his bullshit, and by girls annoyed by his "attraction methods" and rampant, unabashed sexism. If Chris quit the Internet tomorrow, he would still be trolled by a society that refuses to tolerate ignorant, bellicose manchildren flouting its rules.
If everyone trying to create his next fake sweetheart suddenly got bored and quit, Chris would unconsciously attract new trolls to take their place, and we all know weens are more than willing.
If Chris isn't assigned a custodian after Barbara dies, his story will probably end when he falls victim to some con artist who swindles him out of his monthly tugboat and perhaps his home. If Chris does get assigned a custodian, he will continue his antics until the custodian kicks him out or bans him from the internet. If the custodian bans Chris from the internet, that's Chris trolling himself.
If Chris ends up in prison (again), he will be trolled there as well, and that's if he's lucky.
If the entire world reforms and decides to leave Chris alone, his own sense of victimization will override any benefit. Consider that Chris felt persecuted simply by observing males who had more success than himself. He regards legitimate assertions of authority as rank brutality. Adam Stackhouse managed to upset Chris to a degree that Christorians still find especially impressive, and he did it without even knowing that Chris existed at the time. Bleak as it is, unless Chris embarks on a program of radical self-improvement, and manages against the odds to shake off both his legions of abusers and seamy reputation, he will forever feel like a thoroughly-kicked autistic.
Chris's upbringing doesn't justify his actions
The shitty way Chris's parents raised him may be an explanation for why Chris is so fucked up, but it's not an excuse. Plenty of people have bad childhoods, and abusive or incompetent parents. However, these people don't use that as an excuse for whatever bad things they do. As these people get help and move on, Chris, on the other hand, remains dependent on the same people who screwed him up, and doesn't even try to move past his childhood. Instead, he escapes into a world of fantasy and pornography, and when confronted by reality, he will use all the mental gymnastics at his disposal to twist reality to resemble how he wants it to be. There's also the fact that Cole Smithey grew up in the same household with the same parents, and yet he lives a relatively normal life. Meanwhile, Chris behaves like an overgrown child, draws art on par with that of elementary schoolers, is chronically in trouble with the law for his persistent failure to regulate his own behavior in public, shits himself on a semi-regular basis, and generally is extremely antisocial.
Chris's life would still be a disaster even if the trolls never bothered him
Today, Chris is a total human trainwreck, slowly losing the last of his sanity as each day goes by. While the systematic trolling of him throughout the years has doubtless contributed to his degrading mental state (especially his extreme paranoia and distrust for almost everyone), the fact still remains that his life's horrible state is mainly caused by factors outside of the internet. He would still be a lonely outcast, as his poor upbringing gave him such warped views of the world and led him to engage in such bizarre behavior that he drove away every person he tried to connect with. He would still be living in unsanitary conditions due to Barb's hoarding and the fact that his house has not been properly cleaned in the better part of a decade. He would still be banned from most of his favorite hangouts due to his loitering and hostile behavior to other patrons. Also, at the core of it all is how Chris decided that he would be better off living off government handouts while he sits around playing with toys and video games instead of getting a job and heading down a career path, which would have been his one-way ticket to escaping the cesspool that is 14 Branchland Court and living a fulfilling life, not unlike that of his half-brother. Instead, he decided to remain dependent on his elderly, emotionally disturbed parents; look how well that's working out for him.
True to his word, Chris all but abandoned the Internet between July 2012 and 2013, save for sporadic ramblings on Facebook. Despite this, quite a bit was revealed about how well he was doing independent of troll influence. He alienated himself from his church, earning a ban from the new pastor (undoubtedly because Chris wouldn't shut the hell up about the trolls). After being banned, he even dismissed Rocky as an effective counselor (keep in mind that Rocky once bailed him out of jail, which is quite an extraordinary act of kindness, counselor or not), and went so far as to accuse God of being a troll. He continues to this day to describe his life as isolated and lonely, with nobody willing to talk to him, a scenario many have tried and failed to warn him about. He even earned some ire from Anna, his biggest white knight for making anti-homosexual statements on his Facebook page, he even chose to argue with her instead of trying to piece together why a lesbian friend of his would find such statements offensive. As a coup de grace on all of this, Chris ended up trolling himself in the grandest fashion by revealing an Imgur account made of all of his previously hidden Facebook posts, despite trolls (save for the one who started it) being completely in the dark about it.
Even if all of that doesn't convince you for some reason, consider this: Chris came this close to being thrown in jail on 28 October 2011, and even closer still with the more recent 26 December 2014 incident, both of which involved the assault of innocent retail workers trying to protect their customers from him. Both times, he did this on his own initiative, with no prodding from the trolls. And make no mistake, everyone was thoroughly disgusted by Chris's actions, none were eager to defend his pepper-spray assault on an innocent employee, even those who helped support his Sonic Boom Protests before.
If we were to be extraordinarily generous and assume that none of the disasters which have befallen Chris since the trolling efforts began in earnest would otherwise have happened, the facts still indicate that Chris's life would have been a complete mess. Chris was discovered by the internet at large in late 2007, by which point he had already been suspended from college, and banned from the Fashion Square (twice), along with his local branches of Wal-Mart and Target, only avoiding criminal charges for the ruckus he caused at the latter because the state didn't feel it was worth the effort to pursue the case. As recently as two months before the "official" start of the trolling of Chris, he was making death threats against Adam Stackhouse and his preteen sister, for the former's unwitting disruption of Chris's plan to lose his virginity with Megan Schroeder, something that she had made clear she had no interest in doing. It may be a depressing conclusion to arrive at, but there's never been anything that anyone outside of the confines of 14 Branchland Court could have reasonably done to prevent Chris's life from being a disaster.
Chris's white knights are making him worse
A quick glance at the comments on his Facebook statuses should confirm this. Even after he committed a felony by assaulting a GameStop employee with pepper spray on Boxing Day 2014, then posted a long-winded, obviously dishonest tirade painting himself as an innocent victim on Facebook, none of his white knights offered anything more than a softly-worded, mild condemnation of his behavior. Some avoided a direct response altogether, and made some barely relevant comment that conspicuously avoided the main point of Chris's self-serving drivel, probably a feeble and misguided attempt to defuse his rage.
And this is how his white knights react whenever he gets angry about having to face the consequences of his own behavior. It's painfully clear to Chris's trolls and other observers that his white knights are woefully ill-equipped to deal with Chris. The reactions his tantrums garner from them clearly indicate that they remain ignorant (passively or otherwise) to facts that most learned long ago; namely, that the "soft touch" has never worked with Chris, and only serves to reinforce his belief that he should be given whatever he desires (he is even openly stating that he is entitled to a girlfriend), and allowed to do as he pleases, while others shield him from the negative repercussions. In short, most of Chris's white knights are attention whores, sycophants or both. To these people, going on a witch-hunt for trolls is preferable to actually trying to help Chris, something which, ironically, even Chris's trolls continue to try to do.
White knights are now nearly indistinguishable from weens
- Main article: Enablers
An unfortunate shift in the character of Chris's Internet adversaries has developed in the Idea Guys' wake. Having caused Chris to believe himself married and a a goddess, traditional methods of reaching to Chris, as pretending to be a boyfriend-free girl, have become obsolete. And in recent times, there have been an overwhelming number of white-knights and weens who are confident that playing make-believe with Chris will either help him in the long run, or will turn them into trolling legends. Because of this newfound confidence built by playing make-believe with Chris, it has been abused several times, and likewise became the means of weeding them out, regardless of their intentions. However, because of how both of their plans involve playing make-believe with Chris, it has become difficult to distinguish them. Therefore, a new term "enablers" has been placed on such weens and white-knights, regardless of their original intention.
- Read: White knight emails
White Knights on YouTube
Among the most notable of Chris's white knights was a YouTube counter-troll who claimed to be a 21 year-old Russian model named Svenka. Via her YouTube account, hottiee96, she released an inordinate number of screencaps from troll conversations on Sonichu IRC, including private conversations between Chris and Panda. She also released an image of the Man in the Pickle Suit who would later steal Chris's first date, Emily. Were Chris less thick-skulled and even slightly willing to accept irrefutable evidence, Svenka may have made somewhat of a negative impact on the organized trolling effort against Chris, but ultimately she was ineffectual. Svenka also had a unhealthy obsession with the CWCville Library's original curator, Arjen Van Dierten.
On 6 May 2009, YouTube user xThexPinchx/NorthxStar7/ThePinchisDaBomb tried to blackmail major trolls, claiming to have information on them. He was easily called on his bluff by someone who had not trolled Chris at all. The Pinch has also threatened BlueSpike saying he has information from his friends, forgetting the fact that BlueSpike has no friends.
White Knights on Facebook
In recent times (since 2012), Chris has taken to using Facebook as his main means of expressing himself. Inevitably, this has not only attracted the attention of trolls, but, in 2013, a slew of White Knights as well, in particular, a William Elliott Waterman, who taunted the trolls to come after him instead of Chris (Spoiler: Nobody did, because nobody actually cared what he had to say). Anna and Kim are two of the most notable ones on his friends list, both of whom try to offer constructive advice whenever Chris nosedives into a rant...when they're not busy kissing his ass, especially in the case of Anna.
However, as we've come to expect of Chris, anybody who tells him something he doesn't want to hear are people that needed to be brushed off until they stop saying those mean, awful things to him. A good case in point is his anger-laced tirade in September 2013, when he got thrown out of Walmart and started calling names. The white knights typically chimed in with their support...until he revealed that he vandalized an Xbox One display in the store. Several of them then told Chris that this was not right of him to do, and that the manager had every right to throw him out. His response to that?
|“||They do not.
And if they do, they are most in the wrong, because they are most abusive and overzealous of their "authoritative power" that never has existed ever.
|- Chris's response to Chris Rhodes|
White Knights in Real Life
Aside from the most obvious example, an old classmate of Chris from Manchester High School came online and attempted to defend Chris. Once certain details became known, however, said classmate quickly backpedaled on this once he realized that the majority of what happened was Chris' own fault.
White Knights on Twitter
Various groups have been created to protect Chris on Twitter, and inevitably failed, as he continues to post his insane ramblings about the dimensional merge. As Chris will never learn anything, and treat the people who try to help him like crap, it isn't surprising that many who try to help Chris out of an initial sense of pity end up leaving because of his terrible behavior. MKRNightvee gave up on helping Chris after realizing it was pointless in the light of his neverending gullibility and recent bizarre antics to tase himself. Commenting:
|“||You know what, I'm done. Fuck you, I'm not going to pretend anymore and I'm not going to sit by while you play with stun guns and these dumb teens. Have fun babysitting yourself. I doubt you'll even care.||”|
The TV Tropes article on Sonichu used to have a white knight message as the first text of the article, with a link back to this very page. It was eventually removed due to TV Tropes' website policy changing later on--in other words, said message would no longer be allowed on the website. The message is reproduced below:
|“||Hey Chris! If you're reading this: you seriously need to get help from licensed professionals, before the stuff you do gets you thrown in prison or forcibly committed. And we're sorry, but you have no real fans - the people you think are your fans are really either trolls or laughing at you behind your back. Every. Last. One. Please listen to us - for once.||”|
|- Concerned tropers|
Unfortunately, the editor in question fails to realize that their message, while well intentioned, will do absolutely nothing and Chris will simply ignore it even if he does fully read and input it for better development. Thank you for your time.
In another move that was appeared to be White Knight-ish to onlookers, the page was also locked in order to prevent Weens and A-Logs from derailing a page about Chris's stupid webcomic to instead flood it with a trope list covering his entire life, with entries on Chris and the effort to troll him taking up about two-thirds of the page as a result of overzealous editors piling on an easy target instead of talking about the comic itself. However, the mods took action not out of a desire to protect Chris, but because troping a creator in such a fashion was strictly prohibited, and going into Chris's life in such detail constituted an invasion of privacy that was in direct violation of the site's rules. The subsequent cleanup led to several Sonichu-related pages being locked, with the main page covering the work getting a milquetoast and somewhat insincere message explaining that the article was being locked over excessive negativity, rather than the page flagrantly being warped by its editors to serve a different purpose than what the site was actually made for. Some Sonichu pages have since been unlocked and the message was eventually removed, with the goal of actually providing examples of tropes in Sonichu being realized.
A recreation of what that page looked like before being overhauled by the mods of TV Tropes can be seen here.
Chris as a White Knight
In 2017, Chris himself began (attempting) to white knight the crew of Planet Dolan, particularly DoopieDoOver, after he misinterpreted one of Doopie's tweets about being tired of harassment from Chris himself as referring to trolls harassing her. To this end, he started the #HarassCWCdirectly campaign in which he exhorted the supposed trolls to take aim at him and leave Doopie and friends alone. This may well be a misguided effort to win Doopie's affections after she emphasized that she considers him nothing more than a customer, not even a friend.
As good as your intentions may be, there is no conceivable way any old e-friend can reach Chris at this point and change him for the better. Certainly not by continuing to ass-pat and pamper him, which is precisely what fucked him up so badly in the first place; as this wiki evidences copiously. Your efforts will unfortunately fail, and he will just brush you aside, seeing no difference between you and the trolls, for daring to tell him anything he does not want to hear. With each new incident he causes, it is increasingly obvious that little short of professional intervention, the intercession of GodJesus, or a horrifyingly close brush with death will change him.
Though the trolls have certainly tried to be a positive influence on Chris, even they are now largely admitting that Chris is well beyond our aid. They have spent years trying to pierce Chris's many insulating layers of self-deceit, egotism and sheer stubbornness. It is worth bearing in mind that it is these people, not the white knights, that are the closest thing he has to friends, and that some of them have been at this for a decade. They know him, and if they can't make Chris change, what on earth makes you think you can?
To conclude, with Chris's paranoia, detachment from reality, outlandish behavior and bellicosity all becoming steadily more severe, and with interventions by trolls and white knights alike failing, the best we can hope for is that Chris causes some sort of trouble that leads to him receiving the help he needs.
- White knight E-mails
- Jacob Sockness - An infamous white knight of Chris' that claims he wants to get in his pants.
- Vanessa AIM Chat IX
- Sonichu #7 - "...I had to train my brain to visually remember what I looked like..."
- Captain's Log, Stardate March 10th, 2009
- Anecdote by Mimms.
- Vivian's AIM chat
- See also: This is how the Trial went
- The CADD certificate has no practical value, because in addition to the fallout between Chris and Piedmont Virginia Community College, he only produced two menial pieces of work, and has not continued to develop his CADD skills after getting the certificate.
- May 2020 social media posts#Anti-Protoman sperging
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