I did a Google search on this term first before posting on it in the event it already had an accepted meaning. It's not on Urban Dictionary and there's a few Blogs about drama in Reality TV, so I may be able to coin a new legitimate term for a condition in story telling I find appalling. Manufactured Drama: Verb - To place a character in an unrealistic situation to create unnecessary drama. It became horrifically obvious to me when Batman(in the Dark Knight Rises) is flying around in The Bat(his jet) during the Bane lock down of Gotham. There's a tank rolling around in the streets with a butt load of weaponry, facing towards the front. What does Batman do? Flies right in front of it so the tank can shoot its rockets at him. Then a scene where he's maneuvering away from heat seeking missiles and trying not to crash into things. The whole time this sequence is playing out, I'm asking myself "why would Batman do this? He wouldn't do this, he's like a ninja." Then I remembered I was watching a movie, written by people and perverted by movie executives. Then slowly but surely, more and more examples of these situations appeared in shows I loved. Eventually, I was to the point that I couldn't watch anymore. Psych, Super Natural, and Once Upon a Time were all things I watched and thought they were pretty well made, then I started seeing all the Manufactured Drama. In every case of this mechanism, I would immediately be yanked out of the moment and think about how much better it would have been if they had created the situation naturally through the totality of circumstances. It's typically fairly easy so I'm not sure why they do it. As for the purpose of this post, I think I'm going to use this term when I see examples of it. It's not necessarily an insult, but it's certainly not a good way to generate drama in a story.